For this final Sunday in the series on the Prayer of Jesus, Rev. Cari focussed on two texts from the Gospel of Matthew: the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11) and a few words from the moment in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-41).
Both these texts illustrate the concept of (not) being led or brought into a time of testing or trial, which ultimately help us to identify what this part of the prayer is asking God to protect us from: embracing violence and oppression.
In this time when intersecting crises are unfolding all around us, Jesus’ prayer is even more relevant to us. It offers us a refrain that helps to ground us in God’s imaginative vision and reign of love, justice and peace, and to resist the powers that would draw us more deeply into complicity with violence and oppression.
Rev. Cari acknowledges, with thanks, the words quoted in this sermon from Biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan and Black feminist writer Adrienne Maree Brown, as well as short musical quotes from Karen Lafferty’s ‘Seek Ye First,’ Michael Joncas’ ‘On Eagle’s Wings,’ ‘Old Hundred (otherwise known as the Doxology)’ and James K. Manley’s ‘Lead us Safely Home’.