Sermons on invisibility
“Do you see this woman?”. This may sound like a simple question, or a question with a simple answer. It is the question that Jesus asks of Simon in our gospel story, and one, which exemplifies Jesus’ prophetic role in bringing in God’s new kingdom: where all are seen, where the dignity of all are respected, where all are treated as God’s beloved
The experience of invisibility can manifest as simply as being the last one picked for a sports or spelling bee team in third grade, not being invited to a party all your other friends are eagerly anticipating, or as complex as not being considered for a job promotion you believe you deserve. Whenever or however it happens, it hurts. It is humiliating. And it pushes back against one of the truths we hold most dearly: that each one of us has been made uniquely and creatively by a God who loves us and who sends us out into the world each week, after being forgiven, restored, and renewed, in order to make our particular contribution, as we join God in mission in our world.