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.
March 17, 2019
Playing your part
When we talk about the Transfiguration, naturally we focus on Jesus and how He was revealed in glory with Moses and Elijah. Jesus is the star of this drama with Peter, James and John merely there as an audience. But wait! Let’s not underestimate the value of an audience.
If an event has no witnesses who will tell the story afterwards? Yes, participants can tell their own tales, but the tales have less credibility. We want an outside objective witness to confirm the story really happened, which makes the audience as crucial as the leading role. Not only that, as Christians everything we do is part of something bigger than ourselves. We act our part in a play written by the Supreme Director. How can we judge whether we’re cast as a lead or merely an extra? The important thing is that we show up, willing to play any part He offers us. Sometimes we’ll have lots of lines and sometimes we’ll be off in the wings, but either way the scene will reveal His glory if we just keep our eyes open. If you’ve been feeling like a bit player lately, pick your script back up and trust the Director. The very next scene He has planned may be your shining moment.
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The sermon on the mount forces Christians to face one of Christ’s most demanding and difficult commandments. How can we possibly love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us and pray for them? To behave like that just isn’t possible.
How true that is for many Christians! Jesus’ call to selfless love is impossible if we don’t rely on Him. When we try to fill our own hearts with love we will fail every time, because love isn’t the core of our human nature anymore. Sin is. We need an immortal, all powerful Father working a miracle in our hearts if we are to fulfill the mission Christ outlined. Only with God’s power can we become the love filled people of His kingdom. Bringing Christ’s love to the world is a mission we desperately need to complete, but one that will remain impossible until we bow our knees, heads and hearts in submission to God.