As I write this note to you, I am very much feeling the side effects of the second does of the COVID vaccine. I am told that this is a sign that the vaccine is working its intended magic. So, in spite of my tiredness and aches, I am grateful for the work of so many people around the world who are helping to make us all safer in this pandemic.
But I also reflect on the nature of this strange disease that has overturned our world. It has made it clear that we are so exposed to (and interconnected with) one another. I think about places like India and Brazil where so many continue to die. Even as sympathy wells up, I also think about how none of us will truly be safe from the coronavirus until we’re all safe from the coronavirus. I wonder whether our leaders and our country really are doing everything we need them to be doing to promote our collective health—both here and around the world.
These are the kinds of thoughts that are guiding my reflections on the scripture for this upcoming Sunday. It’s a teaching where Jesus is also talking about our connectedness to him. He’s talking about what it will take for us to truly flourish and bear fruit.
I hope you will join us in worship, and come think about what it would look like for us all to bear good fruit together.
P.S. This Sunday we will celebrate communion, so remember to have your communion elements with you when you log on for worship.
Image: Grace Lee Boggs, © 2016 Innosanto Nagara, Design Action Collective. Used with permission.