Jesus needs some witnesses, people who will go and tell other people what they have seen God do. This, church, this is not it!!!
Come and see... it sounds so simple. Come and see... but come and see what? Come and see who?
A chance encounter at a well in the heat of the midday sun brings an unexpected revelation and a opportunity for mission for a most unlikely disciple, a Samaritan woman...
On the mountain with the transfigured Jesus, and Moses and Elijah, God speaks to three disciples, Peter, James and John. Then Jesus tells them to 'get up, and don't be afraid!' Is that our response when we encounter God?
A woman asks for crumbs and opens up the kingdom for all of us.
This Sunday, as the church celebrates Pentecost when the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples, we will do what people often do on anniversaries... pause, take stock and wonder, what's next... I wonder what we will be inspired to do and be?
After a long and unsuccessful night fishing a man on the shore suggests the disciples throw their nets out the other side. It turns out the man is Jesus, but he's different. He's changed. What would our equivalent be? Where might we try something different? Where might we cast our nets? And where do we still meet the Risen Christ in our lives?
The 70 people Jesus sent out came back full of surprise. People were healed and changed and discovered that they are loved. The Good News is true. And it is for everyone!