I want you to know that I am so sorry if religious leaders have shamed you, mocked you, rejected you, or hurt you. I guarantee it has happened to all of us; it has happened to me. That’s not what God is like; Jesus shows us what God is like. God is a miracle-working friend of sinners. It is so unfair, and that is what makes it so great. None of us deserve it, but God says, “You are absolutely worth it.” As religious people, we often miss that the ultimate vision for all of us is to become like the Father. Become as giving as the Father. Become as joyful as the Father. Become as merciful and nurturing and prodigal as the Father. Be generous with your joy and your mercy and your life!