Today, Saturday March 19th, is the 16th Day of Lent. I read what the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said to his people: “I am here.” He was not running away nor invisible in the times of the terrible invasion by the Russians. To be present and being a symbol of hope reminds me of FPCLA. We aren’t hiding, we are PRESENT! I believe FPCLA is a symbol of hope and love….for people to live authentically for who they are and to love and sacrifice for self and others. I can only imagine what Jesus was struggling with…a single person who has a vision of hope and love…to go out into a society that was oppressed by the Romans…would he die, where would he go, where would he find food and shelter?
Meditation: How are you a symbol of hope and love?
Sermon: Those People
Scripture: Luke 13:1-9 The Message Bible
13 1-5 About that time some people came up and told him about the Galileans Pilate had killed while they were at worship, mixing their blood with the blood of the sacrifices on the altar. Jesus responded, “Do you think those murdered Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans? Not at all. Unless you turn to God, you, too, will die. And those eighteen in Jerusalem the other day, the ones crushed and killed when the Tower of Siloam collapsed and fell on them, do you think they were worse citizens than all other Jerusalemites? Not at all. Unless you turn to God, you, too, will die.”
6-7 Then he told them a story: “A man had an apple tree planted in his front yard. He came to it expecting to find apples, but there weren’t any. He said to his gardener, ‘What’s going on here? For three years now I’ve come to this tree expecting apples and not one apple have I found. Chop it down! Why waste good ground with it any longer?’
8-9 “The gardener said, ‘Let’s give it another year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize, and maybe it will produce next year; if it doesn’t, then chop it down.’”
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