Artists everywhere know that it’s not the tools that make the Art. Tools just help them get the job done.
Sure, a painter can use a cool brush, and a writer can buy a new pen, but the Art is made by simply showing up and doing the work.
Don’t believe me? This man used a toy camera to make amazing pictures:
It’s a new year, and you have a nice, fat book allowance to spend. You’re probably trolling Cokebury right now looking for that commentary on Luke that’s gonna blow Year C wide open. If you can find that one good set of theologians and biblical scholars spilling their wisdom, you’re sure to set the world a-fire for Jesus.
It ain’t gonna happen that way, and – deep down – you know it.
You don’t need another commentary. You don’t need another blog post that’s going to give you the insight that will spark this thing.
You need to write. You need to dig deep, and recall that experience of Jesus that knocked your damn socks off.
When they reacted to Jesus’ teaching, they often said “He speaks like no one has ever spoken before.” They were amazed because something deep inside of him welled up and blew their hair back. He didn’t quote other rabbis like he was giving a book report. He had the word of God written on his heart.
You do, too.
You don’t need another commentary.