All Saints Messenger - July 6, 2017

posted Jul 6, 2017, 11:02 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

My time in Jerusalem was life-changing. It forced me to examine things from a new perspective. I encountered many different cultures and faith traditions. As some of you know it was Ramadan while we were there and this forced us to interact with millions of Muslims each Friday as they entered the Holy City to pray at The Dome of the Rock, which sits where the temple once stood. Just this fact brings new understanding to the 'dynamic tension' we each experience in our daily lives.

Jesus' words of conviction hit home in this Sunday's Gospel (Matt 11:16-19, 25-30). If Jesus or John the Baptist were our contemporaries, would we, like the crowds, be so quick to disregard their righteousness? The beginning of this week's gospel reading challenges us to examine ourselves. Jesus, who regularly ate and drank with tax collectors, is calling us to do the same thing. A life of faith is truly countercultural and takes place far outside of our comfort zones. Loving God and our neighbors is no easy task. Jesus' words are a reminder and call for us to always be ready and willing. What might God be calling us to do today?

To whom might God be sending us to serve? God is constantly shattering our expectations, and offering us the privilege of being invited into the work of building God's kingdom.
God of justice, guide us into neighborly relationships so that we may live with and for all of your children. Amen.

See ya Sunday,
Gary+
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