Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Covenant

Many amazing things have happened this week on the national stage. History was made, old wounds resurfaced through a tragic event in the House of God, and bitter struggles attained a degree of truce. Any one of these events would lead to countless hours of discussion, debate and introspection. But one event happened today, that symbolized our hope and promise for the future. It occurred during a ceremony practiced countless times in places of worship around the world. It is a simple act with profound consequences, pledging oneself to serve in the mightiest army on earth. It begins with, "Do you believe in God the Father?" The ceremony goes on with other questions, but two stand out, particularly this week - "Will you seek to serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?" and "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?" The response for each of these last two questions is "I will with God's help." The ceremony I refer to is the Holy Baptism. I had the priviledge to serve as a Eucharistic Minister for an adult Baptism today for a young man who, along with his family and friends to witness, became part of the household of God. You could actually feel the power of the Holy Spirit in the church today as it washed over the congregation during the Baptism. The joy in the newly baptized person's face was priceless. We all should ask ourselves from time to time the Baptismal questions mentioned above, and even more importantly, reflect upon their meaning as we go about our daily lives - especially when events happen that give us pause. Ask yourself - how would Jesus respond? I think you know the answer.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Depend On Yourself? I Think Not!

We as human beings can "fix" anything. Just watch the television show "Scandal" and the pitbull named Olivia Pope to see that it's true! But is it? Do we approach our lives as needing only to rely on ourselves to "fix" problems without counsel or guidance from anyone? That's the way most of us operate. Do we do this because we really think we're that good, or are we just too damn scared to ask for help because then folks will know we ain't as smart as we want them to believe. I think that's closer to the truth. The funny thing is, if we really are as smart and awesome at "fixing" things, then why are we still getting into, or never getting out of, the challenges that life throughs our way? Hmmm. How about we try something radically different? Try something that has been available to us to "fix" our problems and challenges for a long, long time. That something is...are you ready?.....seriously, this is just incredible.....that something is....Prayer. Try this on for size - "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace. God...will supply all your needs from His glorious riches." Philippians 4:6-7a, 19b Think about it. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain, by prayer. Doesn't need to be fancy, colorful or grammatically correct- just from the heart. God will hear you! He may not give you what you want, but He will give you what you need. Give prayer a might be surprised what gets -"fixed."