March 20, 2022
Metropolitan UMC, Indian Head, MD
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Invitation to the Thirsty
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
In the modern world, even on Sunday, even in Lent, people crave satisfaction. Perched alertly and anxiously on their pews, the devout seek a word from the Lord. We seek God’s face. Afterwards we will rush out to Sunday brunches or loll around poolside regrouping, re-creating, and re-composing ourselves after the helter-skelter hustle of the weekday. All week we have worked and struggled, compromised and sought approval, earning our sustenance and paychecks from a world of competition. All week we have done what was necessary to buy what we need and to produce what is demanded of us. We try to please those over us so we may obtain what we need, what we believe will give us satisfaction. Yet on Sunday we find ourselves spent, drained, and still thirsting for more.
 Darryl M. Trimiew, “Theological Perspective on Isaiah 55:1–9,” in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: Year C, ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, vol. 2 (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009), 74.