I invite you to pray with me on the theme: “Second Chance Saints.” Holy One of Old, open our eyes that we may see. In the Name of the Author, the Word and the Translator. Amen.
This evening’s first lesson, Exodus 35:21-29, comes from the weekly readings of our Jewish sisters and brothers designated for the week that began on Friday evening. The Israelites are in the wilderness – a useful space for a Lenten sermon – and the text itself is put into its final form at a time when Exodus evoked not only Egypt but also Babylon and Persia, not only immigration to Canaan but the longed for return to the Holy Land: A second chance. Since a text without a context is a pretext, let me tell you what has happened and what is really going on here.