“If we really believe in the radical grace and love and welcome of Jesus Christ, then we can’t favor and exclude people the way the world does. We can’t say to those struggling with finances or health or fitting in that you aren’t as important, that you aren’t fully welcomed. Because Jesus has come to us. Jesus has lived. Jesus has died and rose again. And Jesus did all of this to say that each one of us is a beloved child of God and deserves to be treated as such.”
James says, “Become doers of the Word, and not merely hearers.” He says to us, “I am glad you have heard God’s Word to you. But that is not the end of it. Now comes the really hard part. Now comes trying to live it out.”
“Do you love me?” Jesus is asking us this day.
“Then feed my sheep.”
“Jesus comes to his disciples not in their moments of greatest strength and faith, but when they are hiding in a locked room, full of fear, full of doubt, full of questions and struggles. And in that space he shows himself to them.”