Let us remember that as the wrong – as powers of terror and violence and destruction and hatred – as they seem often so very strong, we will not yield. We will not live in fear. We will not turn to prejudice or hate. We will step out in faith. We will hear those difficult and challenging words from Proverbs. We will listen to God’s call upon us as his children and heirs. We will care for the stranger in our midst. We will show hospitality and grace. We will love with reckless abandon. We will shout, “Love wins!” For Jesus won, and he is our ruler yet.
“This is a song not just to be heard. It is a song for each one of us to join in. How will we sing it? How can we carry this good news out with our lives? How will we proclaim what God has done in our lives?” 1 Samuel 2:1-10
“Today, Jesus has given us a challenging word. To see the widow. To celebrate the gift. To join in faith and charity. To use our resources well. And to remember all of this is for the God’s plans and not our own.”
“God is saying, ‘Come and see what I am doing. See this good news. See lives transformed. See healing. See grace. See love. And join with me in the joyous work of my kingdom. For I will be with you too.”
“Jesus knew the magnitude of what he was teaching his disciples’ to pray. He knew that he was teaching us to pray for victory over evil, victory over destruction, victory over death. And he knew that this victory wasn’t going to come through political power, through military might, or through any of the ways this world might have expected. Jesus knew that the only way for this victory was love.”
For at the table of grace, we find our own heavenly Father. We find our God of limitless mercy. We find our loving savior who went all the way to the cross to welcome us home. And there, God tells us: “You are always with me, and whatever is mine is yours. And now we can celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”
All of us need our daily bread. And all of us face days when we can’t do it alone. In those moments, Jesus invites us to be praying.
“What is your vision for the world? What does God’s kingdom look like to you?”
“…But Jesus says, “Our Father.” He invites us, all of us, to see God not as some far away, distant object, but a loving parent who wants to be in relationship with us.”
…and the great news is that the more grace, mercy and love we show, the more we actually gain back.