What Would Jesus Say to the World of Me Too?
SUNDAY, June 23 at 10:00AM
What Would Jesus Say to the World of Me Too? is the focus for Sunday’s service.
A pattern has already emerged in this series. I believe Jesus would firstly sit down and listen before saying anything. Whether racism, sexism, hetero-sexism or any other “ism” that seeks to put people down or do violence… Jesus would first listen to the pain and the struggle, and then would want to shine a laser beam on the situation so that everyone could see what was going on, and only than would discern paths to healing.
Sunday’s scripture from Matthew is fundamental to the teaching of Jesus. Loving other people is basic. This is how you and I show our love for God. In Luke’s gospel, Jesus connects this saying with the Good Samaritan story, illustrating that genuine love is best shown when boundaries are crossed. The Me Too movement points to millions of situations where boundaries have been violated for violent ends. Rape and sexual abuse have too often been covered up or ignored. Me Too aims to bring these activities out into the daylight so that respect can be restored and new patterns of relationship be developed. The reading from Romans is a reminder that, in spite of the enormous patriarchy (and sexual abuse) that has dominated the history of the Christian Church… at the very beginning of the Church, women played central roles of leadership.
Matthew 22:34-40 (Common English Bible)
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had left the Sadducees speechless, they met together. One of them, a legal expert, tested him. “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Romans 16:1-4 (Common English Bible)
I’m introducing our sister Phoebe to you, who is a servant of the church in Cenchreae. Welcome her in the Lord in a way that is worthy of God’s people, and give her whatever she needs from you, because she herself has been a sponsor of many people, myself included.
Say hello to Prisca and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life. I’m not the only one who thanks God for them, but all the churches of the Gentiles do the same.
Have you found yourself echoing the words Me Too? I assume that many women (and some men) within our St. Mark’s community have been victims of sexual abuse. Statistics tell us that one in seven girls and one in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Millions of women have reported incidents of sexual abuse, but, it is estimated that only about 40% of instances are reported.
What can you/we do to help bring healing in such a way that behaviors change? How can we bring healing for each other as well as for the community around us? What do you think Jesus would say about this to you and me?
Prayers please for:
Peggy & Paul Blankenship
Jim & Johanna Brownell
Pat & Gordon Close
Doug and Charlotte Gardner
The family of Jack Carey
The family of Rev. Mary McCollum.
The family of Wendy Slater
The family of Dan Wolfe
The international United Methodist Church as decisions are made about the future of the denomination
The California -Nevada Annual Conference as we meet in Modesto this week exploring God’s future for this community and electing delegates to the 2020 General Conference.