On March 6, we will be celebrating Laetare Sunday, or Joy Sunday, in worship. If you’ve got some rose- or pink-colored clothing, bust it out and let’s celebrate what’s good. I know we do that every week, but as we are in an intentional season of recalibration for Lent, sometimes, you have to look at the absurdly good along with the abundantly hopeful. (Plus, I’ve just ordered a pair of pink Chuck Taylors—substantially hard to find in a men’s size 12!—and I want to wear them.)
Celebrating the little things can help us see the bigger things more clearly. Doing the little things plants seeds that, with cultivation, will blossom. Next week, I will be out of the office, taking some PTO. I am thankful to have time that I can spend away, and I have made a comprehensive list of a bunch of little things that I want to get done that week. Clean out the file cabinet; reorganize the pantry; thin out the unworn clothes in the closet. That kind of stuff. Is it the most exciting way to spend a vacation? No! But, when coming to a full stop in order to Sabbath, restore and rest, the little things matter.
Remember from Sunday: Sabbath had become only about the little things. Jesus scandalized the religious elite by healing the bent-over woman on the Sabbath, and they completely missed the point that she was liberated from eighteen years of suffering. If I get nothing on my little-things list done, I get nothing on my little-things list done. But I hope to, so that during Holy Week, when all things are happening, I can grab a towel and go, “My, that closet is not full of random things I’ve shoved in there; I should take care of it.” Little things can influence big things.
I also want to note, as a couple folks pointed this out to me, when we talk about stories of healing in the Gospels, there’s absolutely a vital metaphorical bent we have to participate in. Ableism—the judging of a person’s worth, value or purpose based on physical ability—is problematic, unjust and exclusive. It creates an interesting ethical situation when we preach about the blind being healed… unless we realize that all people miss some things because they can’t, won’t or do not see them. Healing is more than the physical or mental. If I was unclear about that in the sermon, I do apologize.
This Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Katie Hays of Galileo Church will be preaching. Katie is one of my favorite people, and the amazing ministry that is happening in Mansfield at Galileo is astonishing. They are very much our sisters in justice, inclusion and diversity, and I promise you will find her captivating, amazing and honest. I do hope you will be there in droves, and I will see on March 6. Wear pink!