I remember a time in my life when I felt like I was off of the map. My thinking had become muddled. I didn’t believe myself worthy to be considered loved by God. Many in the Church said so. I, too, live to tell you that when God acts in Christ, and we bear his image by virtue of our turning, and by our feeding on God’s Word and Sacrament – I learned that all who come to God, including someone like me – well, God gives to all who turn to God. And, restless hearts find rest in God.
God continues to offer love for the whole world that would renew all of creation. God continues to wait for us all to realize this.
Jesus is not one to refuse an opening; neither, does the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against those things. (from Galatians)
Remember: Persist. Be open. Be accepting.
Life in the Spirit asks us to uncage ourselves, to be free from the things that bogged us down before we found our resurrected lives; this in order to more fully be as God has created us to be – to be the people of God that live in unity with the Holy Spirit. When we set our lives on this course, our lives more fully take on the shape of God. What God intervenes to separate in Genesis, God reverses at Pentecost. What could not be understood before is revealed with new understanding. Now God’s manifestation in the world is complete in Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit.
This week is the week that grows ever-darker as we approach Good Friday. And, we find that today is just a little darker than yesterday. Jesus is being treated like the chaff of the world by his accusers. What they will soon learn, and what reminded of on this Tuesday in Holy Week is this. That which dies is brought back to life to bear more fruit.
Will you continue to follow in Jesus footsteps to the cross? You and I, after all, we are the fruit of the one who will die. What might die in us in order to bear more fruit for God?