Yesterday as part of the closing Eucharist at Convocation, we were invited to come to the font and bless ourselves with the water that had been blessed for baptism. Everyone came forward, anointing their heads and hearts, renewing their baptism, reconnecting to community and recommitting to service. The young ones were helped by parents and all felt the presence of the spirit among us.
Jesus meets an outsider, a non-tribal member, someone he should never talk to, nor should he share the same well with him. Their conversation went on to their religious differences but he promised her that that which separated us in faith and clan would be of no more importance. And yet, we see too often who is left out of our church leadership and our circles. We still exclude by difference although that is not God's intention.
Today I ask God to help me continue the important ministry of inclusion. May we know no barriers to our faith and never keep others out. God has made us one family, one people of God across generations, languages, cultures, customs and economics. May we have faith enough to live that out today.