for Sunday, June 23, 2013
5th Sunday after Pentecost
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
lectionary focus: Galatians 3:23-29
During the early days of summer, my family takes time to clean up our closets. We sort through our clothes: fixing things that need repair, donating outgrown clothes to Goodwill, packing away winter clothes, making sure we’ve got a bathing suit that will last all summer, and planning what new clothes we will need. Getting our closets and clothes organized makes getting dressed easy.
Our Bible story today tells us to get our closets organized. Well, okay, the Bible doesn’t REALLY talk about closets. That might be kind of crazy. Instead, our story tells us to clothe ourselves with Jesus. I know! That sounds even crazier! The Bible wants us to wear Jesus? No…and yes. The Bible is translated to English from a language long ago. Our English word clothe means to get dressed, but the Greek word from long ago meant to wrap up as with clothes. Our Bible story tells us that no matter what shirt or pants or dress or bathing suit we wear, we need to wrap up our hearts with the love of Jesus. By wrapping ourselves with Jesus, we protect ourselves and prepare ourselves–that we will be strong and ready to serve God by sharing His love with others.
Every day, we get up and get dressed. We go to our closet and choose an outfit: church clothes, school clothes, play clothes. But we must remember every day, every time, we need to wrap ourselves in the love, love, love of Jesus. Wrapping ourselves with the love of Jesus makes getting dressed very easy.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
for wrapping me
in Your love.
to wear Your love
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.