Here is what I’ve been pondering lately:
- March 6 we’ll hear how Jesus was sent by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tested by the devil. Why would the Holy Spirit do that? Well, the reason becomes clear when we understand the purpose of testing; that is, to check the quality or strength. Like a modern-day bridge inspector tests the quality and strength of a bridge, Jesus was inspected; and he was found to be up to the task ahead. How boldly do we cross the bridge of Jesus into a life of selfless living?
- March 13 we’ll hear how the Pharisees act to protect Jesus from Herod’s intent to kill him. Jesus is not concerned; he has work to do and can’t be bothered with the wrath of those who oppose him. How confidently do we trust Jesus to get us through trying times as we strive to do God’s work?
- March 20 we’ll hear Jesus reminding his followers that he has some manure to spread so that his work can be done in the midst of those who seek to do harm. How does Jesus spread manure in us so that we can blossom and bloom in God’s kingdom here? Or, are we afraid to get a little dirty and smelly?
- March 27 we’ll hear the famous story of the Prodigal Father. Some erroneously name it as the Prodigal Son, but when we understand the recklessness of the father we see our Father in action too. For God’s love, compassion and forgiveness is for all people; even those who don’t believe it or want it. Aren’t we called to spread that love, compassion and forgiveness around? Might it not be considered the manure we heard Jesus speak about on March 20?
And so, I ponder; are we trusting God to work in us? Are we welcoming the manure of life that strengthens us for selfless living? Are we open to bringing about the Kingdom of God for others? Are we willing to do the difficult work? Or are we sitting back and selfishly accepting all that our Prodigal Father gives us and relishing in our own good fortune?
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