What does it mean to be free? Can one be bound, even when one is by all external measures unbound? What are the aspects of our times and cultures that keep us imprisoned and attached to the material and circumstantial limits within which we live our days? What is the “currency” of our lives and whose face is on it? Are we worshipping technology?…efficiency?…autonomy? How do we free ourselves from its grasp? To whom do our lives belong? These are questions that are evoked by this week’s readings. How might they speak to your community?
Recalling last week’s story of the golden calf, are there ways in which your congregation is celebrating a renewed relationship with God after a time of trial or distance? How might you help one another identify the ways God is healing and restoring trust with us all?