From the Desktop of the Pastor – Week of the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Hi everyone,

So the other day I learned that there’s this thing on the internet where you can watch videos of people eating. Not a live stream or anything, but an actual recording of some random person eating. Like, they’d be just chillin’ at a food court eating a sandwich or something.

Not going to lie, that sounds crazy boring.

But it’s a thing, and people are eating it up (see what I did there?). I guess the whole concept plays on two things: people’s natural curiosity of things that have nothing to do with themselves; and people’s need to connect with others, regardless of how superficial. And I think all of us have that in us, whether we recognise or want it there or not.

That isn’t to say that watching someone eat still doesn’t sound crazy boring to me, but I’m just saying that I understand.

Here are the readings for next week:
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

“Come and see”. That phrase in itself captures those two needs that we were just talking about. “See” relates to the curiosity, and “come” relates to the connection in traveling alongside others. Jesus uses this phrase to invite Andrew and friend to journey with him, to connect, and to live in community.

This is an invitation that is extended to all of us as well, not just to satisfy that curiosity, but also to show us how we as people can find beauty in connection, relationship, and working with others for the good of all. And in the center of it is Jesus, the one who brings us together and also keeps us together, from whom we learn about love and life, and with whom we journey with through this crazy thing we call life.

This invitation is both a gift and a promise. A gift that we can know that we won’t ever have to be alone, and a promise in that we can trust that we will always be welcome. For in God, who shows no partiality, we are all included and we all belong.

So let us all together come and see that God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

Thanks be to God! Have a great week, everyone!

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