The inclusive fold

Tell me, when you hear this teaching, do you hear a story of inclusion or exclusion? When I hear Jesus say: “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.” All I can think about is the people who don’t enter through the gate. What about the other sheep? What about those who are left behind?

Emmaus

Two men were travelling from Jerusalem to Emmaus. And as they moved farther and farther away – both in steps and hours – from all that had happened, they began to debrief it together. They went over everything: That triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, with the palm branches, and the donkey! The meal they all had shared once they arrived in the city, the dinner they thought was a celebration – not a goodbye.

God’s steadfast compassion

Have you ever stood in a crowd of people and thought to yourself, I feel invisible? That’s how I imagine the woman, in the Gospel story from today, felt. Surrounded by a huge crowd, she walked along behind Jesus as he spoke with one of the synagogue leaders. There were so many people—more important than her.