Text: Matthew 10:24-33
For energy in sharing Good News
For those who have lost homes and livelihoods over the past weeks
For Christians who hide their faith from others
I hope readers notice what the lectionary has done over these past days. We moved from the joyous completeness of Easter, the queen of the Church’s seasons, and Pentecost, the third of the great feasts of the Church’s year….to a week of what to do when one is persecuted for being a Christian.
It is very important to remember that the believer is known by God, who comes to his children with the right, the needed gifts of the Spirit in moments of trial. Our is not a cold and indifferent universe, no matter what others might say. Ours is not a life nasty, brutish and short, no matter what others might say. Ours is not a world that needs us to pour our limited human spirit and energy into it to give it meaning, no matter what others might say.
The Creation is made in love; our lives are lived in hope; God’s Spirit has been poured out on all flesh, and we go out into the world in faith.
As Patrick’s Lorica reminds us:
Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ be to my right and left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I rise, Christ in the heart of all who think of me, Christ in the mouth of all who speak of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks
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