CELEBRATING GOD'S LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLE

© Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657

1/17/18

 

This past Monday was full of excitement, humming, and hustling…the famous Martin Luther King Jr. Day Chili Cook Off. It was absolutely wonderful to connect with our church family. We had moments of awe, sadness, laughter, and joy as we shared in the importance of setting aside time to remember what it means for us as a church to claim that Black Lives Matter. That reflection time of sharing quotes and thoughts was a time set aside to not only remember what has happened in the Civil Rights movement, but also the impact of that movement on our lives today.

 

One of the scriptures lifted up for us to reflect upon this week is from Mark 1:14-20:

 

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." 16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

 

The good news of a new kingdom, one where Jesus calls out and invites is boldly proclaimed to the point where the response is so dramatic that people immediately drop their nets and follow him. In the sharing and reflection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, I was reminded of the importance of not just the work done but the work ahead to dismantle white supremacy in our country. And the invitation that our church enters into called by God and that Broadway continues to strive towards this understanding of what it means to invite others into the work of honoring the King’s legacy for the building of God’s kingdom.

JUST JESSIE

 

This leaves me with a question: just as the disciples left their nets and boats, what are the things we need to leave behind in order to accomplish pursuing God’s kingdom in our lives?

 

Paz y Salud, Jessie