Thursday, March 30

Lenten weekday

Give us your best imitation of Christ

Jesus was not interested in human praise because he saw that there is often an element of self-interest in praising others. But imitation? That’s a different kind of praise—the highest form—and Jesus was on board with that kind. He calls you to follow him, to imitate him, in thought, word, and deed, rather than merely pay him lip service. We gather together in worship not because that is sufficient to fulfill our calling but to gather strength and support to follow through on our vocation once we walk out the church doors. Do your best imitation of Jesus today!

Today’s readings: Exodus 32:7-14; John 5:31-47 (247).
“I do not accept human praise.”

I am the Vine, you are the branches (John 15:5)

As I am a few weeks into my service to you as the 12th Bishop of Alexandria, I want all to know that I will hope to offer you some thoughts and reflections each month in a column seen in our diocesan paper, The Church Today.

I’ve chosen a favorite passage from the Gospel of John as the title of my column: I am the Vine, you are the branches (John 15.5). This phrase used by the Lord Jesus describes perfectly who we are: