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I really don't know very many people like me. Maybe first timers, but for veteran travelers, the experience of the safety demonstrations from the flight attendants is boring. In fact, they are almost never carefully listened to by the passengers, despite the fact that it is for their own good. I do listen however. Why? I should admit that it isn't because I'm that good a person, or that polite, or even that worried about my safety. It is because I feel their pain. And why? Because I am a preacher!
As a preacher, I know how demoralizing it is when you're up there pitching, and there's no one catching. Granted, I try to change delivery up a little bit by moving around, and changing intonation and cadence, but still, there are those who seem more intent on napping or chatting than paying attention. I listen to safety demonstrations because I feel a range of things when I'm not paid attention.
But truly, reacting to real danger is another matter altogether. So how do we respond to D.U.C.T. work?
What is our general reaction to D.U.C.T.... those things that are Dangerous, Unknown, Challenging, or Threatening? How should we react or pay attention? As a general rule our D.U.C.T. work revolves around fear. Those things, danger, the unknown, the challenging, or those things by which we feel threatened; these things normally induce fear in us. Not faith, but fear. Is that appropriate?
Perhaps, if we follow the lesson of Jesus in this week's gospel, we'll be challenged to see that seeking to be in relationship with Jesus prompts us to a faithful response that is beyond our proclivity to fear.