There seems to me to be a gospel relationship between love and stewardship. What I think Jesus was saying to his followers was to appreciate all of creation enough to be good stewards. We are to treat each other with respect and dignity as a way of honoring God. We are to commit ourselves to all that love demands realizing what a true blessing it is to be generous. If we can commit to living in this way we will realize we are truly blessed.
God is God and our lives are our lives, we can give thanks for the gift of life or we can worry life away. Our invitation this morning is to embrace all that we have ever been and done by bringing it to place on the altar recognizing our lives as sacrament – outward and visible signs of God’s indwelling spiritual grace.
We have all heard the promises. We have heard that following Christ can free us from that which binds us. We know that Christ promised to move us toward a new horizon. It is all too easy instead to wallow in all that separates us from God and from each other. We want to believe we can experience God’s kingdom on this earth as it is in heaven.
Good Friday 2017
Even though the world on that day seemed to be against Jesus we know that Jesus was right. There were some who stood on the edge of the crowd knowing the transforming power of Jesus’ message but silenced by the shouting crowd. There were some who waved palm branches and cheered Jesus on, who now wished they had not gotten caught up in the crowd. Their silence equaled consent. A few stood by in shock at the injustice happening right before their eyes.