Walking To The Cross – Walking In My Father’s House

“‘Why were you searching for me?’ he asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’” Luke‬ ‭2:49‬ ‭NIV‬‬
In today’s Scripture, Jesus was in the temple teaching. His parents were upset because they looked all over for Him. He let them know they should have expected to find Him in “God’s House” (His Father’s House). He wanted them to know he respected them as parents, but also that He was about doing God’s work in the world.
This Sunday is Saint Patrick’s Day. He was also searched for by his parents when he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. We will be celebrating in worship at CROSSROADS someone who was willing to use a tragic circumstance in his life as a springboard to make a difference among the very people who had enslaved him. Rather than run away from conflict or opposition, St.Patrick moved toward it. Very much like Jesus. Rather than buy into fear and say, “Well, they’re a lost cause,” instead he grew to love the outsiders and gave his life over to them.  St. Patrick’s tenacity and devotion to Christ serve as a model for all of us who call ourselves Christians. So go ahead and wear your green on St. Patrick’s weekend celebrations. If you really want to honor Saint Patrick, and the Christ he served, the best way might be for you to:
1) Begin by connecting with someone you don’t know.
2) Offer a holy conversation to a person who needs it.
3) Engage a person at work who may be difficult for you.
4) Offer some help to a neighbor without being asked.
5) Drop a note to someone who could use some encouragement.
6) Pray with someone who is struggling physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
We are called to be more like Patrick and “walk among” the people of our community. We all need to offer those around us hospitality, friendship, and the Good News of Jesus Christ. It’s the kind of ministry that can transform a community and even the world. May we say with conviction that there is a wee bit of the Irish saint in all of us! Wear your GREEN this Sunday as we celebrate together St. Patrick’s day at CROSSROADS.
Questions To Consider:
What are some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions?
What do you know about the historic St. Patrick?
Was there ever a time in your life where your parents went looking for you?
In what ways are Jesus and St. Patrick similar in their ministries?
Who is someone you can engage that needs help around you?
In Christ’s love and service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn