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First things first

As we near the end of the season of Lent, a simple but often-forgotten point: We are reminded each Sunday in Lent that Jesus summarized the law -- not only all the commandments, but all the Law and the Prophetic sayings -- by saying "The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." (From Mark: 12:29-31). This whole season of Lent, we've been emphasizing the customary "disciplines" of Lent, and pointing out that the root of the word "discipline" is the same as "disciple." Some common synonyms for "disciple" are "follower," "adherent," or "devotee." I think the best synonym for "disciple," however, is "apprentice" -- someone who att

"I was a stranger, and you welcomed me..."

I want to share a remarkable story with you --  one of the most important stories I've shared.  If you want to jump right to the story, here it is: Background: Glennon and Amanda Doyle spoke at The Falls Church Episcopal last year. Some folks are aware that Glennon's sister, Amanda, is a parishioner here. As part of their speaking engagement here, Glennon and Amanda raised money for Together Rising , their organization that identifies "what is breaking people's hearts around the world" and then connects people and organizations who are effectively addressing that need. One such project that has been breaking my heart, and perhaps also yours, is the separation of asylum-seeking families at our nation's border.  Let me hasten to add that this -- the humane treatment of asylum-seekers -- is not a partisan issue. It is a moral issue. People of good conscience can agree to disagree about a wide range of policies regarding immigration, and I'm not w