I begin with my yearly restatement that I have nothing against Mothers’ Day (nor Fathers’ Day, Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter). I think mothers are the unsung heroes of everything and I don’t think I could have more respect for them in general and specific that I do. The problem is, when you preach the Lectionary, you preach the Lectionary . . . and I do. I have been known to divert from it now and then but it has been from a sense of a particular need rather than a particular day. Sorry to any and all Moms if this bothers you, that was not my intention.
This Sunday was a joint service hosted by Knox Presbyterian. A couple of times a year, the two congregations where I preach get together for a joint service. The reasons are varied, this one was for the Sunday School end of year celebration.
I am in awe of how the Holy Spirit superintends the Lectionary so it frequently has texts that relate to exactly what a congregation is experiencing. This Sunday’s Gospel lesson is part of Jesus’ High Priestly prayer. This particular part addresses the community Jesus is creating and his desires for it. I hope it speaks to you in some way, especially if you are wondering if Jesus cares about churches or any community of faith . . . he does.