- God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the good news.
- Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.
- Whoever would be great among you must be your servant and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
- Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the reign of heaven, but the one who does my Father’s will.
- The one who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
- Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
- Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a person’s life does not consist in the abundance of one’s possessions.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Setting Our Hearts On the Living Lord
“You have the words of eternal life.” You and I listen to and read these words over and over again throughout our lifetimes. Do we actually hear what they’re saying? Do we commit ourselves to live by them each day? Do we find it difficult to “come” to the Father, to truly set our heart on God? Do we, perhaps, resist being drawn because the demands seem too great? Are Jesus’ words and sacramental presence “hard sayings” for us? Hard, yes, because of our weakness in trusting. Hard also, because we often don’t really agree that Jesus is really present in the whole Body of Christ which includes him, each of us, and every person for whom he died, no exceptions. Could that be why we have such difficulty seeing the connection between our following of Christ and the social issues confronting our society? If we admit that they’re related, it puts some very uncomfortable responsibilities on you and me to do justice, to feed the hungry, to welcome strangers; to struggle, as Jesus did, “against...rulers, against...authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil...” (Ephesians 6:12)