Pastor’s Reflection for April 10, 2016
We are now in our Easter season. Jesus has been raised and He has saved us from the powers of sin and death. He has saved us individually but also as a community of believers. The Lord has always dealt with us as a community. We see in the Old Testament that He saved the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt. He led His people into the promised land. He died on the cross for the sins of all people. Our relationship with Jesus is personal but also communal. The Lord feeds us as we gather together and in Word and Eucharist. The Eucharist is received in the community of those who come together. When we pray, Jesus taught us to say Our Father.
In the world today we find many distractions drawing away from the community. We are fixated on our iPhones and computers. I came across this article in the Word Among Us that speaks of our membership in the Church.
Though you have sinned, you don’t have to drown in it.
In baptism, God pulled you out of the water and embraced you, and in Confession, he embraces you again and again and again. Not only has God saved us individually, but he has saved us together and built us into a Church. You could say that he didn’t just leave us a plank to float on – he has built an entire ship! God’s plan was never just to fish you out of sin and let you float along until his return. He has brought you aboard the Church.
Like a ship on the ocean, God’s people are on a voyage; our course has been set. This means you have crewmates, brothers and sisters to encourage and support you. It means that God knows you are worth bringing aboard. And it means that you have a role to play in the ship’s mission. Take some time in your prayer today to reflect on God’s goodness in not only rescuing you but also joining you to his people and giving you a role to play in his plan of salvation.
We read in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
May this season of Easter renew our commitment in being part of the community of believers. We especially need to support one another in a world that is hostile to our Christian faith.
I will be available for confessions on Tuesday, April 12, from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,