… here is the challenge in this week’s text, the spiritual discipline presented to us. That is to push back against our selves. Tied up in our concern of our neighbor’s worthiness is our own concern that we ourselves might be unworthy or that we might become unworthy by working with the unworthy. We must remind ourselves that we are loved by God. And in the same way our neighbor is loved by God. When what we hear in our head is suggesting someone, anyone is unworthy, we must challenge that idea. When we look away, the challenge is to turn back. When we say no, the challenge is to question why. Once, someone told me that many people think their first thought is simply who they are, but the reality is your first thought is what you have been trained to be. It isn’t your first thought that matters, it is the next thought.