To be the Church is to be concerned about others, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized among us, there is no way around that.
Faith… is a response to God’s goodness. God’s goodness is not a response to our faith.
Situated among the complexity of our lives, Easter may not feel all that important, but in case you don’t know: joy lives in close proximity to possibility.
This week, which marks the final human steps of Jesus, is holy only inasmuch as it is rooted in the presence Christ – God incarnate – who comes into the middle of all of this dissonance and sets up a home here because holiness is not about purity. Holiness is about where God chooses to make God’s home
The rules are the same whether you are dealing with a police officer on the side of the road or random white woman in grocery store. When you are black in America, there is no hiding place, and history is filled with black women and men who dared to disobey these rules of engagement.
Jesus weeps, and his tears become a human expression of God’s divine intention to enter our pain and confusion and to love us to life again and again because God is at God’s heart a God of life.
Jesus is inviting each of us to see more deeply. To see abundance where there is scarcity, to see friend where there are enemies, to see community where there is estrangement, to see light even in the face of the deepest darkness.