Saturday, May 06, 2006

Colossians 3:1-17

I had the rare opportunity this week to have dinner alone with my oldest son at a local Chinese restaurant. While waited for our food, we talked about his confirmation the previous Sunday. He was now a full fledged member of the church. I asked him if he felt any different now that he was confirmed. He said “no, not really mom but there is so much to learn about God and that is going to take a really long time but I need to know him if I am going to do his work.” We talked about what it means to know God and different ways we can learn about him. That dinner was a gift because I caught a glimpse of the depth of love God has for my son John and for each of us. Today’s reading remind me we are all beloved by God, even the most unlovable, and we are fellow students in this Christian walk that promises to transform and renew not only the lives of Christians but the whole world. What a difference we could make if we took seriously Paul’s exhortations to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience and to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. When a Christian community chooses to wear these clothes instead of the latest designer jeans, there is room in the closet for forgiveness. When we are reconciled to each other, we become more concerned with the needs of others rather than fulfilling our own desires for more. We live out Christ’s peace in community and it is reflected in all our relationships and the quality of our worship. In community and worship, the Gospel is proclaimed and we are formed and shaped to be the holy people God calls us to be. In worship, we encounter the word of Christ and receive the unmerited love of God that liberates us from preoccupation with ourselves. In worship we are moved to offer God praise in a spirit of thankfulness, for all God has done in Christ. So this day let us take the words of the apostle Paul to heart and be students of the word of God, and teach and admonish each other in wisdom that Christ may dwell in each of us and transform us in ways we never thought possible. ……..AMR

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