Happy Epiphany, Blessings and peace be with you all!
This Sunday our theme is, "Discipleship in the World" and is the fourth of four Gospel lessons from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Our Gospel lesson for this Sunday is Matthew 5:38-48.
Jesus says, 43 "You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
So here is the hard question for all of us to answer, who is your enemy(s)? Picture them in your mind's eye, name them, feel what you feel when you see or think about them.
Now LOVE them.
Can you do it? If you can, does it change how you see them? Perhaps Jesus has something to ponder here. Is this one of those ways we can make God's love real? Hmmmmmm?
Jesus says, "You are the Light of the World". Let the light of God' Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of God's real Forgiveness shine in everything you do. Let the light of God's Love shine in everything you do. Live out the light of God as best you are able, as best you can and transform yourself and the world, make God real. Happy New Year! This is the second month of a new year with new possibilities and God active in it all. Blessings and peace be with you all!
See you in Church,
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie