There was a good reminder in one of the religious columns that appear in Saturday’s newspaper about how Biblical righteousness is not about adherence to rules (just think about the many that appear in the Old Testament!) but about relationships. Consummate righteousness in our relationships is beautifully and succinctly stated in the second of the greatest commandments as Jesus proclaims in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
If you are like me, when you think about relationships, you think about your family, your friends, the faith community of Holy Cross and beyond. But as Chana and Andy have spoken and written about many times, there are relationships that we need to seek with those in the broader community. These may be brothers and sisters who may be very different than us---different in race, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation. On Sunday, February 25 and in previous messages, Chana has challenged us to step out of our comfort zones to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters. We bounced around a number of great ideas about new directions for relationship and community building at a parish-wide outreach meeting late last year. The vestry agrees that this is a priority for the coming year as well. Our job as vestry is to provide leadership for our congregation to decide what we are being called to do and how we will accomplish the goals we set forth.
Outreach is in the mission and DNA of Holy Cross. I know the emphasis on outreach is one of the reasons I was drawn to the community of Holy Cross several years ago. It is my hope and prayer that the people of Holy Cross will together discern the new directions that we are called to go. Any suggestions or comments on this endeavor are truly welcomed. I am really excited by the possibilities and incredibly grateful that my brothers and sisters at Holy Cross share a vision of continued community and relationship building.
Peace to all of us.