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Never mind the politics; go back to your foundations as a person of faith. That’s where the conversation begins.
When Jesus blessed the bread and the cup, he was eating with his friends, his companions.
What do you do with a surplus? Build bigger barns?
Do you pray? How do you pray? What do you pray?
Christ and Christ alone who completes us, makes us one with God, and so brings us into an awareness of abiding within God’s tent, dwelling on God’s holy hill!
Who – currently – is my neighbour and to whom am I called to be a neighbour?
As Christ followers, that is the ‘wall-tearing-down’ unity we choose to define us! On this week of Canadian celebration, we pray that that truly may become our lived reality.
It always costs us to be the one prepared to lose face by apologising first, make the first move, the first to blink, first to reach out, show we care, make the call!
This is us! By faith. By God’s action in Christ within us and all creation.
We listen for Wisdom
Fire illuminates, fire energizes, fire consumes.
they will know we are Christians by our love…
The Holy Spirit is God’s voice within us – guiding, teaching, nudging, reminding, and how we all SO need that voice…
Outside the lines. This God that we like to say we so love and serve is huge and everywhere, waaaay beyond just the small & parochially approving thing we like to worship on our terms.
Our reading describes an interaction of Peter with a much loved, local woman, who had died.
God’s love for us and Christ’s working through us is – thankfully – not stopped by our willingness to deny him!
He comes to reassure, to breathe new life into us, to give us a future that we could never give ourselves.
Don’t you just love all the newness of life at Eastertime?
What has your faith reaction tended to be when what we have hoped for hasn’t happened just as we have prayed?
anointing is always given to us as a physical device to re-establish our awareness of the spiritual reality of God’s deeper purposes and plan.
The message is of God’s unwavering love for each of us, no matter what choices we have made; when we are ready to return to God, God is always ready for us.
Oh Holy Comforter and Creator Spirit divine
Our initial faith response to Christ’s prompting may be for us to want to ‘clean up’ our acts: to become better people, to do better things…
we are to remember that we are God’s covenanted people. The point is not just to enjoy its fruit, but to produce that awareness in other covenanted people.
As your covenanted people, may we be led by your eternal presence in remembrance of Your promises.
A wrestling Jesus in this passage, represents a wrestling us. And a temptation-resisting Jesus represents us – perfected.
Thank God for ‘Transfiguration’ moments like this one, glimpses we are given that, despite whatever is going on, do blow open our awareness to expose what is almost most real, all the time.
The point is that Jesus’ teachings aren’t so much about some impossible ideal as about describing God’s only true way for us in the world, and in this text we find Jesus teaching something of what our living in this God-created reality actually looks like.