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Bible Readings: John 13:34-35 & Acts 11:1-18. Message: God’s Love Is For Everyone.
In the gospel reading, Jesus gives us a new commandment, “As I have loved you, love one another.” This command is not a lawful requirement but the natural response of our heart to the love that we have received from God through Jesus. As God’s people, we are called to care for one another as to set aside our preconceived views of who is and who is not acceptable to God.
Love for one another is the primary witness of the church in the world today. Jesus made that clear when he said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love one another.” The new commandment Jesus gives us is linking to the Peter and Cornelius story in Acts 11. Peter learned to welcome and love Cornelius and other Gentiles who he previously thought were unworthy of his love or God’s love.
Peter’s vision is quite profound and it seems this vision is more than just unclean food. This vision confronts Peter and us with an upsetting reality regarding our relationship with people unlike us. This vision is about our perception of people who are different from us. Peter makes it plain: God sent Jesus into the world to reconcile all people unto Godself. “He is Lord of all,” becomes the foundation upon which God’s plan of salvation is based.
God’s love is for all; not just people like us, not just for people we feel comfortable around, not just people who think like us, but all people. So we need to break through the barriers that prevent us from carrying the good news to those who are outside of our community of faith because there are some people who have never heard these words. There are others who need to hear them again for the first time. God has shared his gift with us and now we have to pass it on. IL-WOONG.
The Least of These – The Graham Staines Story. As the social fabric of life in rural India disintegrates in the late 1990s, journalist Manav Banerjee (Sharman Joshi) moves with his pregnant wife to the town of Orissa in hope of a better life and the promise of a lucrative career. When speculation mounts that local Australian missionary Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) is illegally proselytizing leprosy patients, Manav agrees to investigate undercover for the newspaper.
What he finds is a series of revelations that are difficult to fathom and even harder to explain, and Manav is forced to make a choice between his own ambition and the truth. In the end, his actions spark a tragic event that is felt around the world.
Based on a true story and shot on location in India, THE LEAST OF THESE beautifully illustrates the power of love, hope and forgiveness to overcome hate. Aneesh Daniel directs the film, featuring Stephen Baldwin, Shari Rigby, and Bollywood star Sharman Joshi with an original soundtrack including award-winning musical artists such as Michael W. Smith, Nicole C Mullen and Toby Mac. Watch Trailer. Only in cinemas till Monday. Get tickets.