In this sermon, based on Mark 6: 1-13, I proclaim God's steadfast love for all people. Jesus invites the people in his hometown to turn toward God and embrace the welcoming message of love that God has for all. It is not well received among those who want to claim special access to Jesus. The message is one that continues to ring true today. As one who is called to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, I am deeply disturbed by those who have adopted a Pharisaic approach to scripture in our national conversation over immigration. We need to claim our baptismal identity and the grace of God as we navigate the turbulent waters of our time.