“The Reign of God as Christ or Messiah”
4th Sunday in Kingdomtide
A little old granny called a visitor information desk at a local hospital. She asked the a hospital attendant about the condition of a patient named, Myrtle Bea. The attendant said that she was not authorized to give any personal information about the patient, as part of the hospital’s regulations. The little old granny tried so hard to persuade the attendant to say something about the patient’s condition. She even promised that she would not tell anyone what the attendant would tell her. Charmed by the precious and gentle voice of the old granny, the attendant relented and immediately looked up on the patient’s condition on her computer. The attendant said to old granny that the patient was doing good and there was a note from her attending physician that she could be discharged in the hospital by the end of the week. The attendant politely asked the old granny if she would want to talk to Myrtle. The old granny replied by saying, “No honey thank you, I’m Myrtle.” She added that she made a call because nobody ever told her anything about her condition.
The story reminds us that people need to be told the truth with love. Like Jesus Christ—in His life and ministry— He always spoke the truth with love.