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Merriam-Webster states the word “superspreader” first entered our lexicon in 1973. It defines the word as “an individual who is highly contagious and capable of transmitting a communicable disease to an unusually large number of uninfected individuals.” The word found rare use until COVID -19 arrived. COVID carried it into common use, and not favorably.

Because of the negative connotation, I hesitate to call Jesus a “superspreader.” But he was. In fact, he was the ultimate superspreader. Jesus was full love and grace and highly contagious. He infected a small group of eleven. Jesus intended to infect not just them. In the Great Commission, he sent them out into the entire world. Christ transformed them into superspreaders of his Kingdom, of his love and grace, and changed the world.

None of us wants to be accused as a COVID superspreader. Nonetheless, I would love to be accused as a superspreader of the Kingdom of God. How about you?

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  1. kejessie on October 3, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Tom, this is spot on. Jesus was indeed a super spreader. I believe you are following that path. I’m trying but know I fall short.

    • Tom Trezise on October 3, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      We all fall short. That’s why Christ charges us to spread his grace, not judgment. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. Steve Cloak on October 3, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    The simple fact that I’m a human being prevents me from doing anything near as great as Jesus but I can try, fall short, and get up and try again – that’s as good as it gets.

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I'm Tom Trezise a retired lawyer and corporate executive with over twenty years of experience as a Methodist lay preacher. Raised in Appalachia, I proudly call myself a hillbilly at heart. I'm the executive director of The Everyday Kingdom, a non-profit devoted to fostering a community that helps people find and experience the peace, purpose, and joy available from living every day in Christ’s kingdom.

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