Welcome to another Sunday service.
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, and Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw an opportunity for a lesson.
“If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.’
Kevin turned around to his younger brother and said, ‘Ryan, you be Jesus!’
Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday have now passed and we have entered the Lenten season. Certainly our reading this morning, taken not from the Lectionary but found in all the Synoptic Gospels, is the story of Jesus and the Temptations. Who would want to be Jesus then? As he journeys to the Cross, the truth is that the disciples don’t fancy being Jesus and neither do we.
But that’s the task in front of us daily, trying to live like Jesus.
Can I thank Ann, Jen and Donald for their support for the Gillies family in their preparation of the Kingsborough Gardens Sanctuary for the funeral of Jean, which took place on Thursday. Similarly I know that many of you will be thinking of the Hamilton family, especially on Friday past, for Mar-garet’s funeral, and this week, of the Patrick family, for Anna.
Your prayers and your support really lift the families and they lift me too, knowing that it’s the church community, holding each other in their arms and giving solace.
‘You be Jesus!‘ It sounds more of an exclamation than a chance to take on a new role. He is one of us, born as one of us – it’s just harder the other way around.
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