For some, it’s a painful memory. For others, a triumph: Selection time during PE class. It’s still a thing, picking teams for PE. Whether it’s badminton or basketball, two kids are the captains and they select, one by one, who they want. For the super-sporty kids, it’s another day at the office. For those not so athletically inclined, it can be excruciating. So, when Jesus declares that in the kingdom of God, “many who are first will be last, and the last will be first,” (Mark 10:31) it feels just. Those who know what it feels like not to be wanted will be the first to receive God’s embrace.
This week we begin together the season of Lent, a season of reflection, renewal and returning to God. We’ll prepare together to receive or affirm the gift of Holy Baptism through which we know who we are as God’s beloved children. It strikes me, hearing Jesus’ words, that knowing who we are as beloved children of God means we already know we’ve been “picked.” We don’t have to wait those excruciating moments, or a lifetime, to find out if we’re loved or wanted. God’s already told us! But, every day, we all walk alongside beloved children of God who don’t even know God’s already picked them. That they are made in God’s image and called by God to receive all of God’s love, grace and mercy. So many in God’s beloved creation live with the false conclusion that they are not wanted. We can do something about this, amen?!
This Lent, what if we spread the word, far and wide, that no one is unwanted in God’s kingdom? That nothing can separate us from the love of God… period! Are you in?
See you Sunday…