Knowing Who You Are (Mark 1:29-39)
Because here’s the thing, there are too many people who’ve been cut off from the community that the church at its best has to offer. The mentally ill, the physically sick, the immigrant, the poor, the imprisoned, and those just too scared or too tired to risk walking up the steps and through the front door.
Because of divorce, or sexual orientation, or gender expression, or race, or just because they’ve cheated on their taxes, or on their spouse, or themselves out of a future they once thought possible . . . too many people have for too long been made to feel as though the table around which we gather has a place only for people who look and act and sin like us.
Perhaps, we should be less concerned with doing what everyone else thinks churches ought to do, and worry more about doing what Jesus calls us to do—to make a place in the world for those who have no place.