Come and See!
Brief reflections on the week’s Scripture readings
Week of May 30th, 2021 - Trinity Sunday
disciples went to Galilee,
Pondering the Word …
“And see: I am with you every day until the consummation of the age.”
As you read through Scripture this week, you’ll notice several references to God’s presence, a living God who is in our midst.
The realities of the world—death, hatred, racism, poverty, war, and violence – these things can lead us to doubt God’s presence. It’s difficult to see God in the headlines. We hear the disciples had their doubts, even with all they had experienced of Christ, both before and after his death and resurrection. It is understandable that we may doubt at times, too.
I believe that doubt, both for the early disciples and for us, has some basis in what we expect God’s presence to look like. His closest friends still imagine him to be the great conquering Messiah to drive out the Romans: “Wait a minute! Where are you going? What’s this about us having to make disciples?” In Acts, we hear that they stare up into the sky, confused about what is going on. Even in the epistles, the assumption of the authors is that Christ’s return to earth was imminent.
It is in the
last line he utters in today’s gospel that Jesus presents the challenge to
the eleven disciples and to us: “Behold! See! Look! I am with you always.”
Living the Word…
I am reading a wonderful, uplifting book called, Ladder to the Light, by Steven Charleston, a favorite author of mine, an Episcopal bishop and indigenous elder. He puts forth a challenge: “Sometimes, in this troubled world of ours, we forget love is all around us. We imagine the worst of other people and withdraw into our own shells. But try this simple test: Stand still in any crowded place and watch the people around you. Within a very short time, you will begin to see love, and you will see it over and over and over…We are surrounded by love.” (p. 67, 2021, Broadleaf Books)
“God is love.” (1 Jn 4:16) “Behold! See! Look!” Take time this week to look for love.
Mon, May 31: “…love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.” (Rom 12:9-16)
For reflection: What help do you need from the Spirit to better “anticipate” others?
Today’s provision: Practice the test we talked about yesterday. Look for love today; anticipate the best from people.
Tues, Jun 1: I called to my wife: “Where did this goat come
from?” … “It was given to me as a bonus over and above my wages.” Yet I
would not believe her…(and) became very angry with her over this. (Tb
For reflection: Are you estranged from anyone – or from God – due
to bitterness about misfortune in your life? Do you find it hard to be
supportive and loving to a person who is bitter?
Wed, Jun 2: “’I am the God of
Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob’ He is not God of the dead but of the living.”
For reflection: If you are grieving a loss—the loss of a loved one, the loss of hope, the loss of courage to face hardship – pray with this verse. Repeat it over and over like a mantra until you can repeat it in the silence in your heart.
Today’s provision: Remember our test from Sunday: look for God alive in your life and in the lives of others.
Thu, Jun 3: One of the scribes asked
Jesus, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” (Mk
For reflection/today’s provision: You know all those questions you are going to ask of God if you have the chance? You have the chance. Ask them now.
Fri, Jun 4: “David himself calls
(the Christ) ‘lord’; so how is he his son?” (Mk 12:35-37)
For reflection: Are there beliefs you hold that Jesus is challenging you to think about more deeply?
Today’s provision: If the answer to your reflection today is yes, seek counsel, first from the Spirit, and then from trusted and reliable sources. Then go back to the Spirit. Always go back to the Spirit who is the true guide. Remember yesterday’s quote: Keep asking the questions. Keep your heart and mind open to learn and grow.
Sat, Jun 5: “For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mk 12:38-44)
This story talks about material wealth and poverty, but its lesson goes far beyond the idea of dollars and cents.
For reflection: What is your poverty? Where are you poor? Sacrifice isn’t sacrifice if it doesn’t “hurt” in some way. Perhaps your poverty is lack of faith in God’s providence which leads to the need for control. Surrendering your will can hurt. Perhaps your time is what you value most. Giving up time to serve others rather than doing what you might prefer—this may be where Jesus is challenging you.
Today’s provision is to pray and reflect on this passage some
more! We don’t like to consider our “poverty” or what stands in the way of
giving ourselves over to God’s will. Think about the rich young man: his
poverty is in his riches, so that’s what Jesus hones in on. What
would Jesus hone in on for you?
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