We can learn a lot about the Church by how it treats the powerless.
When we say to each other, “where you go, I will go”, it echoes the love of the two greatest commandments lived out in everyday ways.
Like the psalmist, who says, “This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord”, Bartimaeus cries out from the side of the road, and Jesus stops.
There are those sayings that we keep saying because they have a tendency to skip across the surface of our lives like a smooth rock across the surface of a lake; but if they bounce across our lives enough times, they eventually sink down deep into who we are.
This is what Paul means by the fruits of the Spirit, which are not so much about a destination as they are about how we get there.
Stewardship is how we care for a place and its people, and how it cares for us.
Esther found herself in the right place at the right time to do the right thing.
Jesus had been talking about service and sacrifice. The disciples had been debating honors and accolades. Jesus turns the conversation upside down by saying, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
We welcome Dr. Thomas Long as our speaker for the Claude H. and Mary Virginia Moore Lecture series.
It was a different view of the world, which is exactly what happens in the waters of baptism. We immerse ourselves in the love of Christ, where we see the world from the edge of God’s grace.