In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.
This week Uncle Allen has reminded us of this rule again and again. I know it is an easy thing to say, but what does it mean.
Does it mean listening to Tim as he shares stories of how those in power can ruin the living environment of those not in power?
Does it mean listening to Daniel as he shares his testimony?
Does it mean following Gwen to her home with all that food from St. Roch?
Does it mean giving your food away in Pigeon Town like Crawford and Layne?
Does it mean standing in a sweaty warehouse showing Love and Outreach?
Does it mean painting so others can enjoy recreation on the field of play or sorting food so we can truly feed the 4,000- people like the widow, alien, & orphan?
For us, it has meant all those actions this week. And even though Christ proclaims the rule in the Sermon on the Mount, it is meant to be a sermon that is lived out for life, not just until the next Sunday or inside Orleans Parish.
As we go back, I invite you to take the memories of all these people we have met. For through them, we have seen the beauty of discipleship, in the myriad of ways it comes. Take this truth and:
Be a disciple to your classmates.
Be a disciple to your students.
Be a disciple to the ones you love and the ones you don’t.
For the rule calls us to treat the Jesus Freaks, Liars, and the ones who make us uncomfortable with as much compassion as the ones whom we call friend and neighbor. The rule invites us to move into a new vision of relationship. One that is heavenly, fulfilling, and lives into the experience of the other as much as it lives into the experience of ourselves.
In the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. The One Living Triune God. Amen.