Vocation is, you could say, what’s left when all the games have stopped. It’s that elusive residue that we are here to discover, and to help one another discover.
Rowan Williams in A Ray of Darkness: Sermons and Reflections (1995)
The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we honor the most. The private parts of our body that aren’t presentable are the ones that are given the most dignity. The parts of our body that are presentable don’t need this. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the part with less honor so that there won’t be division in the body and so the parts might have mutual concern for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it.
1 Corinthians 12:23-26
It’s hard to think of God playing favorites, isn’t it? We sometimes like to think about God as this cosmic judge, watching everything we say, think, and do from a far-off heaven and adding up our score. This kind of god gives good things to “good people” and bad things to “bad people.” That would be a neat and tidy kind of god, the kind of god we can wrap our heads around.
Our God, however, is a God who plays favorites, in a way. Time and time again in Scripture, we hear about God’s love for the weak, the poor, the lonely, the childless, the disrespected. This God is the sort of God who gives good things to all people, but especially to those who are forgotten by the powerful and privileged of the world.
Our response to this kind of love is to be in solidarity with the poor and the marginalized and to work for justice in the world. In so doing, we can all come to rejoice together in the Reign of God.
God, I give you thanks for your abundant love poured out on all people. Help me work for justice and peace in the world and, in so doing, stand together with your whole creation. Amen.
Go, a disciple, called and sent.
Go, a disciple, equipped for justice.
Go, a disciple blessed
in the strong name of God:
one holy and undivided Trinity.