What happens if we take Jesus at his word: “Blessed are the poor?” If we don’t subconsciously add “in spirit?”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the people of his hometown: “You are having an adventure in missing the point.” The rector confesses he’s paid too much attention to Average Sunday Attendance. Maybe you have a number, a statistic, a marker by which you measure your work, your worth. Ask yourself, “would Jesus care about that number?”
As we prepare for Dr. King’s holiday, my sermon is about Mountaintops and Mentorship. King knew, for the movement to live on, he had to pass along the faith, he had to pass along the vision. After all,, King knew, he had been handed this faith, this vision, from the generation before him, and especially from his mentor, Dr. Howard Thurman.