Dependence, in the biblical sense as Jesus talks about in Matthew, is less about us and more about others. It’s more about God than us, but it’s also more about other people than us too. Dependence means vulnerability- it means getting over our stuff, or recognizing what our stuff is and what pushes us away from God and one another so that we might actually risk being the disciples and the bearers of the good news of God’s free love for the world. We are dependent upon others because as Jesus says this morning, “Whoever welcomes you welcome me and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” This is what it means to be a disciple- to be welcomed by others, and for us to actually risk welcoming others too.
Our Bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod, the Rev. Dr. Craig Satterlee, offers the sermon today on “Tough Stuff.”
That is what our mission and our ministry is all about- keeping watch for God, focusing our gaze on Jesus and seeing what he does in his life, death, and resurrection; and then asking how we can live into and be a part of the life Jesus calls us into.