Wherever two or three gather in in the name of Jesus, the Lord is with them.
God is still speaking. Will you pause from your daily grind to turn aside and see the bush that is aflame? Will you seek out a spiritual advisor that connects you with the intimate truths of God that lie beyond your own expectations? Will you listen to the silent longings of your own heart which may be the stirrings of the Holy Spirit?
In Matthew’s gospel, the feeding of five thousand is not a story about one feast, but two, and you are invited to both. Which invitation will you accept?
The storms are raging within and without, personally and communally. But we are in this together and we need to hear the words of God’s messenger saying: “Do not be afraid. I have a purpose for each of you and all of you. The ship may break apart, but you will survive the storm.” So take courage, listen to unexpected wisdom, stay in community, and break bread together. We will survive.
The freedom Paul imagines for us is not only freedom from but also freedom for. It is our allegiance to Christ that shows us how to experience life. It is our obedience to Christ’s way that sets us on the path to life. Allegiance to Christ means the freedom to be God’s instruments, God’s tools for life.
If God can give attention to the young boy Ishmael who was unable to defend himself and provide a holy presence in a time of great need, the Lord will offer his holy presence and also his help to people of the church as well.
Putting things in order is a critical Christian discipline that touches every aspect of daily living.
This Sunday is Pentecost, the day we remember how the disciples received the gift of the presence of the Holy Spirit, who entered into their midst with the sound of rushing wind and the appearance of tongues of fire. The power of the Spirit manifested itself in the disciples’ witness, and many were added to their number daily.