And now I conclude my ministry with you, I leave you with a prayer that I thought well summarizes our common belief in the Trinity and may serve as a guide as we journey forward into the next chapter we all face. It is a prayer found in an early ninth-century Anglo-Saxon Latin prayer book that actually supposedly was sung by the housewife each morning as she kindled the fire on her hearth, and made the bed, and milked the cow. It simply goes, “May God the Father bless us; may Christ take care of us; (and) may the Holy Spirit enlighten us all the days of our life. Amen.”
And perhaps in fact, this is the way God in the risen Christ so often enters our lives. Not in the miraculous doing or dramatically changing things, but in the ordinary taking, blessing, breaking and giving. Perhaps it’s in the hug of a friend we haven’t seen in a while, or maybe it’s in breaking a trail through the woods, or in the giving to the food pantry, or simply in blessing an evening meal – in all these and many others ways as well – we then come to more fully recognize God’s presence in our life.
But in the meantime, on the way to the cross, here deep in Lent, our story today invites us to ponder what Jesus once told Martha – that resurrection is not something you wait for until Easter, nor is it simply something forthcoming in a still undefined future. As we discussed this past Wednesday night in our Lenten study, it’s more than this. Resurrection is now. It is a present reality, more than just a coming one. For anytime Jesus arrives, the dead are set loose. The Resurrection as a metaphor stands as a symbol of the call to new life. It stands as an appeal to practice resurrection here and now.
March 5, 2017 Sermon ~ Lent 1 A
Jesus says though that the Christian life does not consist of these mental battles. Instead, we are to make peace in every way for “Blessed are the peacemakers.” More than that, retaliation is not an aspect of Christian existence. When Christians are hassled or persecuted, it is not part of their calling to “get back at them.”