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The Cup of Service

Greatness! That word in our mind evokes images of standing on top of an Olympic podium, the winning team cutting the net down after a tournament basketball game. Greatness is a Nobel Prize winner. Greatness is military general or a president in a motorcade. Periodically people will talk about someone who has achieved greatness, but I suspect few of us would claim to personally know someone who has achieved it - much less claim it for ourselves. This word “greatness” simply refers to the state of being great. The word “great” seems to be different in our minds. We all know great people, we say it all the time. He’s a great guy…she’s a great gal. Who are these great guys and gals we know? They’re the people that volunteer their time to coach your kids’ little league teams. They’re the teacher or professor that goes the extra mile to make sure you get it. A great husband loves his wife even when she doesn’t remember his name. A great neighbor mows your lawn because they know you’ve been b

The Cup of Forgiveness

Forgiveness alters the laws of relationships the way Superman defies the laws of physics. Forgiveness doesn’t make sense. Perhaps that is why throughout the centuries the church has declared as part of its central faith tenet,  “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.”  That’s a powerful statement, let it sink in…if you really believe it then you believe that debts can be cancelled, laws bent, and scoreboards erased.   Give a cup of cold water to your friend? Sure! A stranger? Perhaps. An enemy? No.  We want to do to others as they have done to us or before they can do to us. This is our default, which is why we struggle with Jesus' command to, "Love your enemies." (Matthew 5:44) This command is so difficult that Paul in his letter to the Roman church reminds us of it, as if to say, "Take Jesus seriously." (Romans 12:14-21) Forgiveness is a cup of cold water that we give to our enemies - after we have swallowed our own pride.   Forgiveness is easy to understand -

Every Cup Is Sacred

Sunday we talked about how we can chose to make every moment sacred. That's a challenge, but it's made easier when we truly understand the nature of people. Every person we meet is sacred - created in the image of God. The only people you meet are children of God, made in his image, and loved by Jesus. C.S. Lewis seemed to understand this when he wrote in his book The Weight of Glory... It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal...It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit...Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. We all take a little extra care when we pass around communion (aka the "Blessed Sacrament"). We certainly don't want to be t