Here is what I’ve been pondering lately:
- February 6 we’ll hear how Jesus called the first disciples and their response was to leave everything to follow him. Jesus calls us to that same kind of action – yes, really! Are we willing to put aside our wants and desires to follow Jesus; or will we follow only when it is convenient for us?
- February 13 we’ll hear how a great multitude came to hear Jesus teach. Sunday morning is like that. We put away our fear of missing out on something else going on to come hear Jesus teach us. What has he got to say to you? Come and see!
- On February 20 we’ll hear Jesus give his most dismissed directive; Love your enemies. Or, as Jesus goes on to say; How hard is it to love those who love you; even non-beleivers do that. How will people know we are Christians? By our love; by our love of those who don’t love us.
- Transfiguration ends our month, and precedes the beginning of Lent. This isn’t a day to celebrate the history of Jesus being transfigured, it is a day to begin a new life of following God’s command; This is my Son, listen to him! Shouldn’t listening to Jesus make us behave differently from the rest of the world?
In January, we were reminded of Paul’s admonission to the church in Corinth (and us) that we are all part of the body of Christ and that each of us has a role to play in using our gifts to for the common good of all. There are many of you who devote time to doing God’s work in this place, both physically in the church building, and outward in the community. However, there are even more of us who do little more than show up for worship on Wednesday or Sunday (a good start.) Let us each ponder how our actions enhance the greater common good of all people. Not everyone can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Ask not what others can do for you. Ask what you can do for others.
I look forward to hearing what you’ve been pondering.
Graciously, Pr. William