Looking up and keeping on
The disciples wondering again, looked up as their Bread – their Door – their Shepherd – their Friend disappeared into the clouds. Wondering, “What now?”. It’s a thought we’ve shared over the past months. And hopefully like the disciples we’ve remembered to look up according to the faith handed down to us, looking up past the chaos and fear around us, looking up beyond the experts and authorities who say “Look at ME!” Looking up to our Bread and Life, our Door and Way, our Shepherd and Friend. And seeing things anew we await the Pentecost Gift, the Spirit who leads us on.
Fear of the Unknown and the unknown god
Paul saw a lot of things in the streets as he shared the Good News. And one thing struck him which spoke to the need of humanity – an inscription on one of the many altars he came across and which said it all: ‘to an unknown god’. In the streets, virtual and paved – of our now masked, “new normal” world, fear of the unknown creates the desperate need for, and void of, answers and assurance. The void is vast and those who would fill it are legion, for blind fear drives the heart to grasp at almost anything. With the unknowing of god, our world bows to the idols of modernity which are pretty much the same that Paul encountered. Fear and its perpetuation proliferate where there is no certainty and the conflicting voices of the void ring out. But like Paul we share a God who we’re not afraid to know or make known – a God for all. Let us pray for ourselves and our world and its void as we daily receive and share Him who stills all fear.
Know Jesus. Know Peace.
“Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2.10
During a time of temptation and confusion, Peter is encouraging the people who were drawn to alternate ways of receiving and sharing in the blessings of God, to hold fast to what they had been taught. Comparing them to ‘newborn infants’ he urges them on, reminding them that keeping the faith is a challenge and that stumbling is inevitable. He reminds them of their chosen-ness – by God to receive love and mercy. Today we celebrate Mother’s Day as we give thanks for their love and mercy in bringing us into the world and sustaining us as we grew from newborn infants to wherever we find ourselves – young and growing children or still growing (hopefully! in many ways), adults. In the Gospel of John, Jesus speaks of being ‘the way, the truth, and the life’ and growing up I think we all found out at some point that Mama was similarly -way, truth, and life. As growing babes, it didn’t take much faith to find that out especially when you strayed from the way – and a hind whooping was impending. But after the “correction”, the judgement was transfigured into the truth of love and mercy – and new life. A lesson learned for both mother and child. We were scared and cried but when her arms were soon again open, we rushed back. And she too breathed a sigh of relief – both mother and child exulting in Love’s completion and fulfillment: Mercy.
Though we walk through the valley of the shadow we shall fear no evil. Ps. 23
We realize now what we never did before except in fleeting glimpses – much of this world is in the valley of the shadow- we see now how everything in this valley world is connected and much of it broken. We see now the gaps and distortions and illusions and it is overwhelming at times. We are sheep people and all the sheep are affected. But if there’s a valley that means there’s a mountain somewhere; a mountain with green pastures, high and above the shadows which have become too real. Staying on the right path helps and the Shepherd has opened a way if we can walk in His strength and follow. The only time to look down is to watch for the snakes in the grass. The challenge is to keep looking up and lifting up – the Shepherd rises before us – Jesus the Gate – Jesus the Lamb -Jesus the Way, Truth, Life. Let us listen to His voice and help one another and others along the way. Fear no evil – Pray Strong – Stay Strong – Bless God – God Bless!
Revelations on the journey road
“Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, Jesus interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.” Lk.24.27
We miss the Signs! Let us share the Word!
In faith we see; in faith we hear; in faith we share
Lord You have the words of everlasting life!
Church of the Open Sky -Church of the Open Cry: EXSULTET! ALLELUIA! He is risen for All!
Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels, and let your trumpets shout Salvation for the victory of our mighty King.
Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth, bright with a glorious splendor, for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King.
Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church, and let your holy courts, in radiant light, resound with the praises of your people.
One or the Other
A cock crowed, with mourning doves’ squawking geese. Two thieves hung too, deriding and seeking. One to be, or the other, not; with Him who declares “I have conquered the world” and finished it for All.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Jesus’ mandate: “If I washed your feet, then what I’ve done you must do. I’ve laid down a pattern for you”
Your feet in Jesus’ hands a cup, in the garden agony of prayer. Your steps in Jesus’ way/truth/life- and even lost/strayed. One evolution at a time, again and again and again. Garden grain falls in, the pattern laid down for a blessed life.
Dear Jesus by your ‘thy will be done’ – ‘not mine’ during your agony in the garden give us the oil of grace for faith to trust, even when. Amen.
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!
Through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son, O Lord, may our reconciliation with you be near at hand, so that, though we do not merit it by our own deeds, yet by this sacrifice made once for all, we may feel already the effects of your mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.