So, after reading and studying this gospel passage, I come to you this morning with some questions that have been weighing heavily on my heart.
If you know how the story ends, what trouble are you willing to make for Jesus? If you know how the story ends, what would you be willing to risk for Jesus?
Well, we didn’t hear this part in the Gospel, but I’ll tell you what, if I were at a wedding with my son – my only son, whom I loved – and told him that there was no wine, and he said, “Woman, what has that to do with me?” Well, let’s just say there would have been . . . . consequences.
Hear their words again and let them sink in: "You can take the Jews. But, you must kill us first."
“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
“If it's not about love, it's not about God.”
And, so do you.