for Sunday, January 19, 2014
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Second Sunday after Epiphany
lectionary focus: John 1:29-42
This weekend we are celebrating the life and work of a man who lived a long time ago; not as long ago as Jesus, but back when your grandparents were young. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a preacher who wanted the world to be a better place where people are kind to each other no matter where they come from or how they look. Dr. King travelled around the country and got people talking and marching and doing work to make changes. Dr. King gave a now-famous speech where he shared his dream of a beautiful world…a beautiful world where different people sit at the table together; where there is freedom and justice for everyone; where the glory of the Lord shall be seen by all together. But his words were not just painting a picture for our minds, he was asking us to come and be a part of the work of sharing God’s love. Though that speech is fifty years old, Dr. King’s words still invite us to be part of the work to make that dream real every day.
In our Bible story today, Jesus is beginning His ministry. People are curious and want to know what is happening, what is He doing, who is He? Jesus give a simple but beautiful answer, “Come and see.” Jesus doesn’t answer with lots of words describing this and that. Jesus invites people to come and see what is happening, to come and be a part of the action, to come and do the work of sharing God’s love. Jesus knows that actions speak louder than words…and so He invites us to be a part of the action, part of the doing. Come and see; come and do!
This weekend, as we celebrate Dr. King and his work, we are reminded that Jesus continues to call us to do God’s work. Sharing God’s love is not just something from long ago in the Bible or even fifty years ago, but something of now, today, tomorrow…every day of your life and beyond. We are invited. Now let’s see how you will come and make the world a more beautiful place through sharing God’s love.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
for inviting me
to be a part of Your beautiful world.
to make the dream be real
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.