Sunday is the Spring time change. We spring forward an hour. I have to admit I wish we would stop with the time changes. Certain states like Hawaii and Arizona do no time change.
March 12th is the 10th Day of Lent, and the day was full of PCUSA Committee on Preparation for Ministry meetings where we support those who wish to be ordained in the PCUSA. We heard stories about being immigrants and being adopted. It was inspiring to me to hear stories of survival and perseverance. I think it gave them a unique perspective of being an outsider striving to be accepted and do well. We know that due to racism and homophobia, some people will never accept us as a normal part of the society. I wonder in the same way if Jesus being an immigrant in Egypt gave him insight into those that were marginalized and abandoned when he returned. I hope and pray that we have similar insights with hearts of compassion.
Meditation: What insights do we have that open our hearts of compassion to the other?
Sermon: Name of Who?
Scripture: Luke 13:31-35 The Message Bible
31 Just then some Pharisees came up and said, “Run for your life! Herod’s got your number. He’s out to kill you!”
32-35 Jesus said, “Tell that fox that I’ve no time for him right now. Today and tomorrow I’m busy clearing out the demons and healing the sick; the third day I’m wrapping things up. Besides, it’s not proper for a prophet to come to a bad end outside Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killer of prophets,
abuser of the messengers of God!
How often I’ve longed to gather your children,
gather your children like a hen,
Her brood safe under her wings—
but you refused and turned away!
And now it’s too late: You won’t see me again
until the day you say,
‘Blessed is the one
who comes in
the name of God.’”