Sunday, 5 July 2020

This is a time of travail and trouble. The week in reaction went up fairly raw yesterday, becaue we were stuffed. The amount of work that needs doing is increasing and the number of hours we have remains the same. Those with jobs are working had, but many are now without work. And the unwinding of our system of debt slavery has not really started yet.

When Kea and I phone the family, we find ourselves asking about jobs and finances overmuch. Because everyone here is worried, about how the bills will be paid, and if their job will be there in the future. The extremely skilled have more confidence, that they will be able to make things, do things, earn. But they are a minority.

And for this we should be praying. Jesus said we should pray that we get today’s bread. But not at the cost of our integrity.

Collect One

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy;
Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy;
that, thou being our ruler and guide,
we may so pass through things temporal,
that we finally lose not the things eternal:
Grant this, O heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake our Lord.

Church of Ireland

Onto today’s texts. Christ is Zechariah, and he is not about earthly weapons. If he was a temporal king, he would be forced to: the first duty of any ruler is to preserve the peace of the people, and that requires force of arms. (If the government will not do that, then men will be forced to: regardless of the pieties preached to them).

Christ has a kingdom not of this world. He came for the jews, yes, but not them alone. His message is for all nations, and from this, there can be peace. It was the missionaries, not the gun merchants, that preached this peace here, and allowed NZ to be at peace for five years before the Confederated Chiefs of Aoteoroa ceded sovereignty to the British Crown as the least bad option during peak imperialist expansion.

The United Tribes of Aoteoroa, 1834

Zechariah 9:9-12

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Matthew 11:16-19

16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to their playmates,

17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

The people of this world will not be satisfied by any compromise or explanation. they choose not to know their history, or understand why symbols exist.. They will lecture us on things they have not read, noting that reading them should be forbidden — which is why my Jewish friends don’t understand who John the Evangelist is.

But they will see our actions. May they glorify God. And may we not be as foolish as this elite, or allied to the, or like them.