Perhaps the Sunday after Easter is as important as Easter itself. It is a response to what a believer heard the Sunday before. Being in a community of faith is important not just at Easter and Christmas.
He is risen, he is risen indeed. Happy Easter to all!
Today is a new day, the resurrection day. I believe Jesus is an example of redemption, justice, grace, peace and reconciliation. On this day of new life and a body restored and regenerated may we all find something new to make our lives free of sorrow, pain and suffering. Jesus always had a good time and he was with people on the fringes of society. His disciples were a rag tag group of everyday people who dropped everything and followed him without fear.
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Thinking in as much as Jesus died for us, He also lived for us. He taught us to love unconditionally. In the world we live in perhaps remembering that Jesus told us to love the least of these. The people
who he chose to begin his ministry weren’t fancy people. He liked to
party and live a life that wasn’t boring. The cool thing is that he
would eat with people like tax collectors and others society deemed to
be unworthy. Then he stood between the religious to defend a prostitute
from being stoned. In this season of resurrection perhaps we should
remember that He said for us to love and respect one another.
Today he would say all are equal; black or white, gay and straight, man and woman,
rich and poor. If we don’t love then what was the purpose of his life
and then his death?
To my fellow followers of Jesus who are in the LGBTQ community you have my love and deep respect. Keep the faith while you are under fire from some of our fellow believers. To non-believers you are loved too.
Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey…In modern day it might be a old pickup truck. Many of us ride around in basic, reliable transportation to get us to where we need to be. Some just use the feet their creator gave them. There are some folks who want a jet airliner or a really fancy car. If we lived our lives more simply perhaps we would have less stress in our lives. We must be mindful that humility is a treasured thing. Just food for thought.
My hope for 2015 is that people will be able to think for themselves. It’s important that we won’t be scared of the world around us. For those who are believers in Jesus that being paranoid, scared and afraid of those who are different just isn’t what He had in mind.
The Holy Family – Mary, Joe and the baby Jesus. A humble couple, an amazing boy.
Mary was a small town girl, living in a lonely world, took the ride to Bethlehem with a dude named Joseph. This humble couple would have a child who would be a game changer and his name is Jesus. Yes the first few lines of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” rings true with a great message. We can’t stop believing and holding on to that feeling. Jesus lived for us and is showing the world the way to peace and love. Merry Christmas to all and to all rock on!
There are many people who live without companionship and friendship in their lives. Some folks suffer and die alone without someone to be there for them in their final moments. I don’t think it has to be that way. Each of us has the power and responsibility to help people who are in need of a hand to hold or arms that can hug. Jesus taught a parable about the Good Samaritan where a man on the side of the road got help from another man who belonged to a group of people he didn’t like. Sometimes it requires making ourselves available to be there for others. It might not be the most pleasant experience but it means you can impact the life of someone who needs someone like you. No one should go through this life alone.