Do Something Religious

Luke 18:9-14 – The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost – for Sunday, October 23, 2016

“Jesus told this parable to certain people who had convinced themselves that they were righteous and who looked on everyone else with disgust . . .” (Luke 18:9)

balloonsSome folks were on a hot air balloon ride, touring the countryside while suspended in a large wicker basket.

Cars appeared to be toys, humans looked like tiny figures in a video game. Hundreds of feet above the ground, they ooohhed and ahhhhed while the balloon climbed into the blue. Introductions were done informally and one of the passengers happened to be a minister.

Unfortunately the young lad piloting the balloon didn’t inspire confidence in the paying customers. He seemed a lackadaisical surfer dude with nothing better to do with his time. The waves weren’t any good today, might as well take the balloon up.

Problems started . . . perhaps a faulty burner or unexpected gust of wind. The balloon lost elevation. The pilot panicked. He had no idea what to do, but—whew—everything returned to normal in seconds. However, the group remained anxious and agitated.

A passenger implored the minister, “Do something religious!” Continue reading →