changing – shifting in order to remain always and somewhere
The kingdom is here with us. It is with us because the love of God in Christ Jesus is action.
Jesus never leaves us to act alone.This is true for all who have believed in his name that have gone before us. It is no less true for us.
The word apocalypse literally means “an uncovering” or “a revealing”. It doesn’t sound like an ending at all, does it? Rather, Jesus explains that there will be those who speak in his name falsely, they will claim to be the Christ, there will be wars and the threat of wars, nations and kingdoms will rise up against one another, there will be earthquakes and famines…just for starters! These things are not so much deaths but birth pangs. And, birth pangs always precede the birth of something new. What will be new is the fulfillment of God’s mission – the restoration of all things to God’s self.
The recurring themes in scripture the we hear today more closely draw our attention to something that is so important that it continues to require our attention. And, when we pay attention we learn and grow; we are changed. It’s like picking up on a conversation from where it left off the last time you shared a cup of tea with a close friend. At the end of your time together, you know one another differently. You leave each conversation different from when the conversation began.
An original music improvisation with images in video format for prayer and meditation on the Passion of Christ and/or any themes of grief.
On the other hand, if we hold firm to God’s revelation through Jesus, we can live the kingdom-of-God message that defies the gatekeepers of the world. Side by side with Christ, we can do the work of opening the gates to the kingdom of God that admits all people just as Jesus received all of the children.