The world sells us one version of worthiness. Jesus invites us to imagine another: one in which people have value, but not price.
In this sermon on one of his Seven Last Words, Jesus continues his mission of reconciliation and the cultivation of relationships, even as he suffers on the cross.
We read about a pair of parades today, that on first glance look nothing alike; turns out, they speak with one voice about who Jesus is and what he did that week in Jerusalem.
An imagined letter from Lazarus to his sisters, upon his second death, written after the events in this morning’s Gospel. (I added a few verses to the end of the Gospel reading. Don’t worry – that’s allowed!)
We see a broken world, and we know that it could be, that it should be – better. God invites us to participate in God’s mission to repair this brokenness. This is called reconciliation.
Grace is the sublime consequence of a God who will never give up on us. That’s pretty good news, right?
Living into our heavenly citizenship combines two understandings of heaven: first our hope of future consummation and bliss in our home across the Jordan, and second our awareness of the presence of God here and now.
When we remember the story of God’s movement in creation, the story remembers us.