Pondering for Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday after the 6th Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 78:1-39; Psalm 78:40-72 Lev. 26:1-20; 1 Tim. 2:1-6; Matt. 13:18-23

“This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:3-4)

I know that I am not perfect. I have many flaws and imperfections.  I am so thankful that we have a loving and merciful God and Savior in our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul speaks of everyone being saved and everyone coming to the knowledge of truth. I think the key word here is “everyone.”

The word needs to get out to everyone that God desires all people to be saved. Contrary to our normal fear of scarcity, heaven does not run out of room. Perhaps the biggest problem we mith have is sharing total freedom and glory with our neighbors, all neighbors. The only thing hindering us from that glory is our personal story. However, once we understand ourselves, knowledge and truth will assure our place in God’s divine plan.

The word needs to get out that God desires everyone to come to the knowledge of truth. Like most of us I was raised with certain prejudices and biases that caused me to not see the inclusive love o God.  As a Christian and with some good Christian education, I have come to, and am still coming to,  the understanding that God, in Christ Jesus, came among us to both know about us and experience what it means to be us first hand.

Being saved and coming to the knowledge of truth is the message our Lord Jesus gave to Paul for Timothy and for us. This message is for all of us to hear. But I think more especially for Christians as we have that calling to model, as our Lord Jesus did, love for all people regardless of who they are or what they think they believe or don’t believe.  There is more than enough room and comfort for all in heaven. Therefore we should be holding dear to us in prayer everyone from the president to the homeless; people of other countries (friend or foe); and people we have been taught not to trust.  All are invited by God to be with God.  We Christians are God’s helpers for all humanity.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John 

One thought on “Pondering for Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  1. Our Baptismal Covenant urges us to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yoursef”, as well as to “respect the dignity of every human being”. For the most part I have subscribed to that. I was born and raised on Long Island, part of the greater metropolitan New York City area, and have lived in New York City for 30 years of my adult life. Being regularly exposed to different races and ethnicities, many different languages, different gender presentations and sexual orientations, different religions and spiritualities (including Wiccan), different socioeconomic realities, different other-abled (aka “handicapped”) individuals, and different political parties, I’ve seen myself as easily fulfilling the above aspects of the Baptismal Covenant with having friends from all of the above categories. But then there was this person who came along in my life, whose name we won’t mention, John Thomas Frazier, who manages to keep chucking in the proverbial monkey wrench of keeping me focused on the Jesus view of people like Donald Trump, Al Sharpton, the 2nd Amendment fanatics, and a few others whose worldview/sensibilities make my blood boil. (JTF, don’t you have anything better to do?) It’s made me realize that those whose thinking radically differs from mine is my gigantic spiritual stumbling block. Don’t get me wrong — I really do try from time-to-time to see these folks as Christ sees them, but it’s so easy for me to slip back into my “No way, Jose” mode. I admit that I don’t pray enough about it. I know I should probably start there for better Jesus alignment. Keep chucking those monkey wrenches into people’s lives, my friend (sigh…but I love you anyway).


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