Galatians 3:6-29 Kerin Stascinsky

“Promises”

I grew up in a blue-collar town in the 70s and 80s; one just behind enough where women going to college were still seen as “taking a spot away from a male”; and so I was not encouraged to pursue the math and science and technical fields I had natural aptitude in.  The assumption was that any women who went to college became teachers.  When MIT called trying to recruit me as a student, my guidance counselor told me to ignore them because “girls don’t go there.”  I literally could not get the reference letter I needed in order to apply.

I mention this because it’s not that long ago that women could not own their own homes; we could not have individual checking accounts; it’s been less than 100 years that we have been allowed to vote.  But I don’t want to forget what it feels like to be that marginalized; because I read our passage for today and know that Jesus does not marginalize anyone for any reason whatsoever.  And it’s all too easy for me to dismiss other people.

I recently read a non-fiction story of the Osage Tribe in Oklahoma and a vast conspiracy of white people in power to murder the entire people group and take their wealth as their own.  We see such genocide all too often; in my lifetimes it has spanned from Rwanda years ago to the ongoing displacement (and in many instances, execution!) of the Kurds.  Yet, we as human beings have all experienced marginalization in life at times, but have also all been guilty of treating others as “less than”.  We all have privilege in some areas; and deficits in others.

Today, I believe nearly every single one of us will hear a message to marginalize someone, somewhere (every single political ad these days seem to dismiss people with a different viewpoint) – it could be on the basis of skin color; it could be on the basis of wealth, of education, of political leaning.  We will likely feel at some point in our day that someone is not worth listening to.  And at some point, it’s likely that we will feel ignored or invisible as well.  And while we may disagree with another person’s message, all deserve dignity and worth as a child of God.

Today, we meditate upon the Last Supper; upon Passover, and the promise of God awaiting after Jesus’ death and resurrection; and the message is:  the Promise of God is for everyone.  We try to do better each day, treat everyone with the Holiness of the Spirit of God.  And the promise of faith remains:  even if we fail, our God does not.  In Him there is no division; only heirs of the Kingdom.  And there is room at His table for each and every one of us as He invites us to come.

Prayer: For the divisions we make between people that God doesn’t