Proper 15

August 17, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 45:1-15
Reading 2: 
Psalm 133
Reading 3: 
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-31
Reading 4: 
Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28
By Russell Pregeant

In Matthew 13:53-16:12, the reader encounters a spectrum of responses to Jesus. In 13:53-58, he is rejected in his hometown of Nazareth, and in 15:1-19 and 16:1-12 we find scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees in bitter disputes with him. On the positive side, the people of Gennesaret (14:34-36) show seemingly unqualified faith in him as healer, as do the crowds along the Sea of Galilee (15:29-31). And, once again, we find the disciples in an ambiguous position.

Preferential Option and Process

Can a process god have a preferential option for the poor?
Publication Month: 
February 2013
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

This is a thoughtful question. We process theologians believe that God loves everyone and everything. God loves the sinner and the saint; the whale and the sparrow; the weak and the powerful. If having a “preferential option” meant that God loved poor people more than God loved rich people, we could not make that statement in an unqualified way.

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