The commentaries for Oct 15 were written by members of the Strategic Team for Authentic Diversity in the Northwest Washington Synod.
by Rev. Darla DeFrance
At the Byberg Preaching Conference a few years ago, Professor Anna Carter Florence offered this excellent set of questions for approaching texts for preaching:
What do we in the church do with our sense of entitlement?
Who among us is confident that they belong in God’s family, at the metaphorical wedding banquet?
Can this parable cut through some of the entrenched words we use to talk about race and class, insiders and outsiders, the chosen people and those cast into the outer darkness with weeping and gnashing of teeth?
How does the gospel repeatedly place at the center those people who society wants to keep at the margins? How do we, as people of the gospel, respond to a society that is set-up to keep racial hierarchies in place?
What kind of gatekeeping do we (unintentionally?) support? What are our blind spots, where we perpetuate exclusionary practices that undermine our efforts to be a community where all are truly welcome and valued?