Our passage this Sunday - Luke 1:8-28 - the story of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptizer. The main point from this story - Spiritual Calluses. A thickness to our soul that hardens are heart to God’s presence and work in our midst.
Read the story. Zech was a priest called into the highest service. God shows up but Zech isn’t prepared. He’s been callused by the rituals or lack of spiritual preparation on his part. God gives him a gift of 9 months of silence. He can hear, see, reflect, think and explore but he can’t talk.
The temple is not suppossed to be a “thick” place but it is supposed to be a “thin” place between us and God. The thick places have developed a cynicism or a familiarity that breads inactivity - even boredom. The thin places provide a closeness, heightened awareness, and increased excitement from the proximity of the spiritual in our current situation.
Where are you thick - calloused? Where are you thin and ready to hear God?