Pondering for Sunday, June 14, 2020

Eucharistic Readings for Sunday Proper 6:  Year A

Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7) Psalm 116:1, 10-17 Romans 5:1-8 Matthew 9:35-10:8(9-23)

“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10: 22)

At this writing another African American man has been killed by police, this time in Atlanta, Ga.  People are justifiably angry.  This killing happened as people are still protesting about the George Floyd killing that took place in Minnesota two weeks ago.  There is much despair. We are taught by the Gospel passage above to never give up.  Some are calling for the defunding of police departments.  That makes me nervous. Who are we going to call when bad stuff happens?

I have helped some troubled people in counseling sessions by having them concentrate on a clock or even their watch.  I had them specifically focus on the second hand.  As the seconds ticked by I would remind them that they survived those seconds successfully.  When a minute was reached it seemed almost appropriate to celebrate, just a little.  Maybe even silently saying the Lord’s Prayer helps to pass the seconds and minutes. But don’t stop noticing the seconds and minutes tick by.  And maybe an occasional “Help Me Jesus” would fit in between prayers; tick, tock, tick tock.

What we must remember is that it is not our self who is getting us through these murderous times, but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God has a plan but we have to be here for God to use us to fulfill that plan, even if such a plan makes us nervous.  We also must remember that the one who endures to the end will be saved; tick, tock, tick tock, watch the clock, and pray.

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

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