My reading in Matthew this morning included the story where the woman from Tyre was so desperate for her child to be healed, that she was willing for whatever “crumbs” might fall from the table (she was not Jewish, and the idea was that Israel was to receive the gospel first). Jesus was amazed at her faith (as he was a few times, about non-Jewish people).
Then the “People of the Day” in the missionary prayer digest, was a group who are considered strange by those around them, because of the colour of their skin.
So, I think “colour” is a good word for today! As we learned in Perspectives, God has made such a colourful variety of people, and desires each group to bring their uniqueness with them to worship. (Contrary to the “old” style of requiring every individual to conform to another culture’s traditions; although, it was a Jesuit priest who wrote the Huron Carol…)
Speaking of God’s Family…. I’ve been lazy about sermon notes, but here’s a nugget from last Sunday: Jesus’ work on the Cross is so complete, that he is not ashamed to call us “brother/sister”! That’s how holy we really are, when God looks at us through that perfect sacrifice that Jesus made. *praise*
“You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.” (Ephesians 4:5-7)