Sermon Summary for Sunday, May 8, 2016
Submitted by Meghann Humphreys
To love like Jesus is not easy love. It’s hard and we all have to learn it. Presumptively, mothers have a step up on this since they are able to develop it during gestation. I’m not a mom and I’m not anywhere close to becoming a mom and there is no guarantee that I will ever get to be a mom. I certainly don’t have the hair for it (see SNL’s “Baby Shower/The Cut” skit from Saturday). However, this kind of love is something we are all capable of obtaining and witnessing without having to carry around thousands of pounds for 52 weeks (that’s how one of my friends recently described the final weeks of her last trimester).
Mutual love is as much a decision as a feeling. You can make the decision to be mean-spirited and limit your growth and the growth of others in faith. Alternatively, you can make the decision to engage in a Godly love that includes forgiveness and requires keeping a commitment. “As you are in me and I’m in you, may they also be in us, so that the world will believe you have sent me and love them as you’ve loved me.” We have a purpose as a church to love like Jesus. To bear witness to that love, we must love one another.
We are all given the need to be loved unconditionally and to be part of something bigger. We can fill the God-shaped holes in our hearts with superficial things or we can find it in God. We can show that love that includes forgiveness to those who visit our church. Or we can do what Dave did to the Chipmunks and resist building those loving relationships, pushing the Chipmunks to evil Ian.
Mother Mary ended her sermon with two questions: what does it mean to you today to love like Jesus? Who will receive it and who will witness it? I’m still thinking of how to answer those questions, as I’m sure you are, too. Part of my answer so far is something along the lines of “loving like Jesus means not letting it get to me when clients are rude to me while they are coming down from their highs because they are witnessing a small part of God’s love with my patience.” Or something along those lines. Like I said, I’m still working on it just like you!