A few weeks ago, I had lunch with my dear friend David Forbes, his wife Toni, brother Jim, and sister-in-law Betty. As is often the case with clergy-types, the conversation soon turned toward “the Church”, church members, sermons, and scripture.

At one point, Jim asked, “Cathy, do you really think that God loves you?” “Ha! Is this a trick question?” I thought to myself. Still, without hesitation I replied with all the confidence in the world, “God adores me! And God adores you too and God adores all of us!”

Beloved, I want to remind you of that today. You are part of the family of God, precious and adored in God’s sight. You are great, and greatness can flow through you out into the world and onto other people.

In this Sunday’s gospel, the disciples argue about who among them will be the greatest. We live in a culture that assigns value and makes comparisons all the time.

But Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Well, who wants to be last let alone last of all? Who wants to serve while we yearn to be served?

Still, the invitation to be a real champion is ever before us. In the game of faith, we are called to get in line alongside those least likely to win (or even to enter) and help them finish just as we do.

Simply put, it is our acts of love, kindness, generosity, grace, truth, etc.— especially toward those who need it most—that make us among the Greatest of All Time from Christ’s perspective.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy

Prayer for the Week
Give us courage, O Lord, to run the race and enough compassion to never run it alone.