I don’t care if you’re young or old, rich or poor, black or white or brown or in between, I don’t care if you live in a big house or on the street… at some point Jesus is going to say, ‘You feed them; you take care of one another; you love your neighbor.
The love spills over. That’s really what made me tear up so often over the weekend. Not so much the pain as the love. Love that is rich, and authentic, and love that points to such overwhelming truth. It wouldn’t hurt so much if it wasn’t so real.
“Don’t hold back!” my grandchildren are saying. “Don’t hold back!” I was saying to the Tuckahoe Presbyterians. “Don’t hold back! Jesus is reminding me, “live like you mean it.”
So what are the key ingredients to a 2018 that’s rich and flavorful? Jesus is the foundational essence. Following Jesus must be our plan. Then it’s a matter of building from there, always rooted in Christ, always committed to growing, and learning, and serving in his name.
So let’s be open to the possibilities. With faith, Jesus pointed out, ALL THINGS are possible. Even digging out of this cynicism. Even living a life defined by light, and love, and grace, and promise.
I know I’ve used the idea a lot recently, but I really like the notion of Jesus being God’s invitation. And an invitation – of course – never really takes effect until we respond… and show up… and (the best part) participate.