As we’ve followed Jesus, from the edge of the baptismal waters, to the deep waters of faith-in-action in homes and synagogues, one thing has become clear. Following Jesus means that faith will lead us out of our comfort zones. And just before Jesus leads his followers up the mountaintop, this uncomfortable scene plays out, as…
The sound file includes the Communion Liturgy following the sermon.
Words matter, what you say, how you say it, who you say it to – words have the power to build up and to break down, they have the ability to create or destroy, words can help in a situation or thwart a project, they can be used to include or exclude, pull people together or scatter them into different camps. Words can praise, encourage, they can be healing, loving, giving, nurturing, and comforting.
Ordinary regular people who have been watching this story from afar are all of a sudden feeling closer to the events and realizing the human toll this crisis is creating. Questions are being asked about what we as individuals can do? How can we help? Do we have any ability to alleviate some of the suffering?