23 May Sermon Snap Shot May 19, 2019
So if it is true that we have been touched by God all along – on top the mountain and while in the valley – and if, as Henri Nouwen suggests, we are able to reach a point in our own lives when we can move beyond shame to becoming a source of healing for others, what’s the next step?
This is where the example of Thomas is so crucial. Following Thomas’ lead, we become a source for healing when we focus on our lives on touching the wounds of Christ in the world, by tending to the wounds of Christ all around us. And how do we do this? By following in the Way of Jesus as we…
feed the hungry
clothe the naked
show hospitality to the alien, the stranger
visit the imprisoned
give shelter to the homeless
sit with those who grieve
care for the widow and the orphan
lift up the downtrodden
advocate for the persecuted
ensure that our veterans are provided quality help for their broken bodies and minds
make sure that our schools are safe places for our children to learn
The list goes on and on. As St. Teresa of Avila reminds us, not only is this our calling, but this is also our opportunity for blessing.
“Christ has no body on earth but yours. No hands but yours. No feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good, and yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now.”
Touched by God. Touching God. Becoming a source of healing for the world.
From Sunday, May 19 message based on John 20:19-31, “Touched by God…Touching God”
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC