Tuesday, June 2, 2020
CALLING FORTH: Almighty God, you have made yourself known to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Make yourself known to us in such a way that we may understand your will and purpose for our lives today. We offer our prayers in the name and spirit of Christ. Amen.
DAILY SCRIPTURE: John 5:19-47
REFLECTION: (by Kace Leetch from Clergy Stuff)
Jesus is beginning to claim the authority God has given him to act and speak in this world on God’s behalf. Like the prophets before him, he is stirring up the status quo and saying difficult things that many don’t want to hear. Unlike the prophets before him, he has started to identify himself as God’s son, the one who has been given authority to act — not only on behalf of God, but as God.
And the people don’t like it. They fear what they don’t know, and Jesus’ brashness and boldness is disruptive and terrifying. We have the benefit of hindsight. We know that Jesus’ words are true. We know who Jesus is and why he has come. Yet there are still things about Jesus that are disruptive and terrifying. Jesus’ radical love of people we find offensive is sometimes hard to face. Everyone has some prejudice, whether against color, age, size, gender, religion, regional background, education, or ability. One of our greatest challenges can be to identify who we find most repulsive, and accept Jesus’ challenge to love radically. But is can also be one of our greatest gifts, when we let go of anger, hate, and fear, and instead embrace acceptance and love.
TIME OF SILENT PRAYER:
CLOSING: May Christ be made known to you and through you today. Amen.