And Now … For The News
The world has a new pope – and the news spread fast. I don’t know where you were when you heard. I was in the car, driving back from a lunch meeting in Raleigh and heard it on NPR. I was able to get to a television in time to see his presentation on the loggia. My daughters and I were texting like it was a ball game (as someone said on Facebook, “This was like the Super Bowl for church geeks.”)
I don’t know where you were when you heard, but I suspect you can remember where you were, especially since it was literally yesterday. And I suspect that this is one of those things that you talked about at some point with someone. It was a main point of conversation around me at Fellowship Feast last night. Even Methodists are interested in the pope.
There are some events that are momentous enough that we all connect to them. We remember where we were when we heard, how we heard, what we were doing, and what we felt. Such events seem important enough for us to discuss with others in the various places of our lives. We have news. We share news. We know something and we want to tell someone.
Curiously, that is a mark of discipleship – telling someone what we know. Disciples of Jesus witness to Jesus, tell what they know, share the news. We do have news, you know. It is news that is 2000 years old and as fresh as this morning. It is the good news (the evangel) of what God has done, is doing, and will do in Jesus Christ. And we, as the church, should be as excited about that news as we are the ACC tournament.
Perhaps we have forgotten that someone had to tell us. We weren’t born knowing the love of God or the experience of God; Christian faith is not innate. Someone – a parent, a Sunday School teacher, a pastor, a friend, a spouse – first told us what it meant that God loves us. We were witnessed to. And we are called to be witnesses. It may well be the mark of discipleship that tests us the most and at which we feel the least capable. Yet, it is a simple as telling a story.
This Sunday, as we wrap up our conversation about discipleship and what that looks like, we will talk together about being witnesses. We will remember that Jesus commanded and commissioned us to be his witnesses (Acts 1:1-8; Matthew 28:16-20). We will consider what that might look like in our lives and our world.
I hope you’ll be present Sunday. I’ve got some news for you.
Grace and peace. rcf