Pastor Barbara Caine

Pastor’s Message, October 29

Pastor Barbara Caine
What was it like for Jesus to prepare breakfast for his disciples? Did Jesus enjoy these last moments in a human body, gathering wood, starting a fire, preparing fish and bread in order to make a meal for those he loved? Did the familiar scent of the sea air, the crackle of the fire, and the smell of the smoke seem especially poignant to him? Could he hear the disciples talking, the sound carrying across the water in that strange way it does?
 
John 21: 15-17:
12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
 
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
 
I was reminded of this passage recently at Mt. Cross, our Lutheran Camp in Ben Lomond. Prior to the opening of Mt. Cross 70 years ago, Jesus called folks to feed his lambs, tend his sheep, and feed them in that extraordinary place. And Jesus continues to call them. I’m on the Mt. Cross Board and I wonder how many board members have asked for support, written grants, set policies, hired employees, and enacted the business of this camp? How many directors, counselors and church leaders have directly prepared for others to have profound experiences in God’s creation by designing programs and leading camps, retreats, trainings, beach trips, workshops, and countless other gatherings?   How many, many folks, young and old, have embodied Jesus, gathered the wood and started the campfires, prepared the meals, written the devotions, lead the songs, walked the trails, and worn their love of Jesus on their sleeve so that all who came to Mt. Cross, left there knowing that their creator, their savior, their sustaining God, would always be with them?
 
Jesus is still calling us to feed his lambs, tend his sheep, and to feed them here at Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church and in our extraordinary camp. Mt. Cross is a blessed place that will help us to be more faithful, and better Christians. I have asked our new Confirmands, Nightingale, Lena, Izaiaha, Malachi, James & Natane to attend Mt. Cross as part of their Confirmation work. What a joy to know that God is still so active in feeding us through this Church and our beautiful camp. Please pray for our Confirmands as they grow in faith and love, and our church as God reaches out to minister to those God loves through these institutions.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Barbara