Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.
February 16, 2020
Take the next step
It’s hard not to be literal in this world. We’re surrounded by law suits and conflict based on the tiniest details of contracts and agreements. It’s a matter of self-preservation in both our business and private to watch every little fact in every contract we sign to be sure we do what is expected: not one bit more, not one bit less.
The problem is, God doesn’t work that way. Oh yes, He has agreements with us, and expectations too. But He’s not looking for letter-perfect obedience – He wants something more. If we look up to the Lord content with the fact that we’ve never committed murder, He will ask us, “How many hearts have you slain with your hatred, envy or prejudice?” When we rest on reputation for never gossiping He will ask, “How many words of encouragement, love and hope have you failed to say?” You see, God is looking for us to do more than plod along obediently not doing things. He’s waiting for us to actively take the next step and do something of true value. What will you do for Him this week?
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GOD AND LORD
Only God is Lord. The Creator alone can touch us gently at the deepest core of our being. God does not invade us from outside to break down our resistances and rob us of our freedom, as a human tyrant does. The Spirit is already within, at the very heart of our being. Yielding ourselves to God is opening ourselves to that life-force that creates us and carries us on to ever fuller life. By yielding ourselves to God we do not lose ourselves or find our dignity compromised. We discover ourselves in a new and exciting way. More than any external work that Jesus did, his power to touch and transform the human heart marks him as divine. His is not the destructive dominance that is seen too often in human beings, but the creative dominance that is God’s alone. The Christian discovers that Jesus is Lord, and therefore knows him as God. The new law of the kingdom, as we hear it proclaimed in today’s Gospel, places exacting demands on the Christian. It is not merely our religious practice or external behavior that comes under its scrutiny but our inner motives and desires. Jesus calls us to do God’s will not only externally but with the right intention: to love and serve the Lord and give praise to God.