Pondering for Thursday, October 17, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Proper 23 Year 1

AM Psalm 18:1-20; PM Psalm 18:21-50 Jer. 38:1-13; 1 Cor. 14:26-33a,37-40; Matt. 10:34-42

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” (Matthew 10:40)

We Christians too often forget that we carry Jesus within us. Whether we greet old friends as Jesus did upon his return to Nazareth where they rejected him, or, as he met new people on his traveling ministry, he was loving and kind.   If we truly profess Jesus as Savior and yes, Master, then we should try as best we can to be like him.

But just as we have Jesus in us through the swallowing of his body and blood, so too Jesus comes as a spiritual Trojan Horse with God, the Creator inside him.  So that means that as Christians we have Jesus in each of us and also God who is of the same substance as Jesus himself.  It’s complicated but the long and short of it is that we are all more than we seem to be.  Each Christian contains Jesus and within that Jesus is the I AM of Creation!  Yes, in you, you who are reading this blog.

Jesus says that “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”  We have an awesome privilege and responsibility.  We are the perfect little trinity. We are who we are but in addition to who we are we also have the Lord Jesus inside us to guide us into all love and perfection.  And within the Holy Presence of Jesus inside us is The ONE who started and maintains all that is.  What does this make you think about yourself?  The spark of creation resides in you somewhere. All the mysteries of the universe are already contained in you.  Perhaps this is why Jesus says every time there is a healing done for someone, (he never says that he did it) he says to them, and to us, “Your faith has made you well.”

Through our Christian faith, Jesus manipulates the God piece in us to give us the healing we need. We then must go out into the world and be present to others so that the Jesus in us at least gets the opportunity to meet the Jesus in the other.  Thank You Jesus.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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