These cups and mugs are all different, if you had to choose one, which one would it be? Would your choice be based on colour, size, pattern, shape, inscription, or would it be because somehow it reminded you of something special, tea with Grandma perhaps?Perhaps you have a favourite mug because someone special gave it to you, or it was for a special occasion. If you could pick up these vessels, maybe your choice would be based on how it feels, is your preference for delicate or chunky?
These cups and mugs are all very special to me, and all for different reasons. We are all God's children, we may be very different from each other but we are all loved. As God's children, we should love each other, despite our many differences. Some people may "feel" more comfortable to us than others but we are called to love them all. But what I really want to bring to your attention today is this: not one of these vessels is for decoration only - they are all meant to serve a purpose.
Some of these cups bring me joy, the one's with inscriptions remind me of God's challenge to me, some evoke memories of lost loved ones, so they all do different things for me, and yet, all of them have one common purpose. We may do different things for the Lord and yet as Christians, we all have one common purpose. What is it? To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength - and to love your neighbour as yourself. Let's all serve our common purpose today.