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Compassion Begins Door to Door

photo by WRB Jr.

photo by WRB Jr.

for Sunday, October 27, 2013
Sunday before Halloween
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 25
Year C
lectionary focus: Luke 18:9-14

Welcome!

This week is Halloween! I am so excited! I like going to Halloween parties where everybody is dressed up in costumes. I like pretending to be someone, or something, else. It is fun to dress and act and talk and walk in ways that I don’t regularly do. I really get into the character I am pretending to be. I think: what would this character do if this happened or that happened? how would they feel? what would they say? I like seeing how someone, or something, else would live.

Now, it is safe to say, that we won’t find any Halloween party stories in the Bible. But we do hear a lot of stories. Jesus loves to teach with stories. And when Jesus tells us a story, He invites us to pretend to be the different characters in the story.

In today’s Bible story, Jesus invites us to be two different men who go to the temple to pray. When we pretend to be the first man, we pray with great thanksgiving for all the blessings we have…including being our wonderful self. When we pretend to be the second man, we remember that we make mistakes and do wrong sometimes and we quietly ask for forgiveness. The two men are very different. But by pretending to be each of the characters, we see that sometimes we are fortunate people, who end up bragging, and sometimes we realize our mistakes and are humbled. By pretending to be each of the characters, we learn an important emotion: compassion.

Compassion means that we imagine what it would be like to have someone else’s life; we share in their joy and their pain; we build a connection with the other person…and when we have a connection with someone, it is easy to love them. And this is Jesus’s greatest commandment to us: Love one another as He loves us.

Halloween is not the only time we can pretend to be someone, or something, else. Every day we are called to be compassionate with those around us, to share in other’s joy and pain, to build connections with other people, to love them as Jesus loves us.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for costumes and dressing up.
Help me
to imagine
how others think
and feel.
Fill me
with compassion
that I can
build connections
and share Your love
with those around me.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.

The Outfit of Love

for Sunday, October 28, 2012
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 25
(Halloween!)
lectionary focus: Mark 10:46-52

Good morning!

I’m excited about Halloween on Wednesday! I enjoy looking at all the kids coming to my door dressed up for Trick or Treat. Sometimes the kids are so well covered up that I can’t see who they are! I like trying to recognize you kids in the costumes you are wearing. It is fun pretending to be these fancy characters.

Our Bible story today get me thinking about looking and seeing and recognizing. And I wonder…if I look like a Christian, if I look like someone who follows Jesus? Do Christians wear a certain costume? Do I have an outfit or a mask that makes me a Christian? Is there some special look for my hair or my face that I can wear so everyone will know that I am a Christian?

No.

Being a Christian is not about what I wear or how I look; being a Christian is about what I do.
There is a song:

They will know we are Christians by our love…

and love is what we do. Love is how we treat each other. Love is how to be a Christian.

Today’s Bible story tells about a blind man who calls out to Jesus, who recognizes Jesus as Lord even though he cannot see Him. The blind man knows Jesus because he knows what Jesus does. We, too, know what Jesus does. And when we do what we are called to do: love God and our neighbors, everyone will recognize us as Christians no matter what we are wearing. And that is a treat that is no trick!

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for seeing me as Your child.
Help me
to do what Christians do.
Help me
to share Your love.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.