Monday, April 30, 2012 – 5th Sunday of Easter, Year B
We are approaching the fifth Sunday of the Easter season. The lectionary selections for this week include: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21 and John 15:1-8.
Acts 8:30-31 – So Philip ran up to the Ethiopian eunuch and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.
The eunuch had trouble understanding scripture and asked Philip to help him with the interpretation. I couldn’t help but draw the parallel that many of us in the faith and health movement are often asked to assist those patients and clients before us in the interpretation of their lab tests, health risks, medications and prevention strategies. Like Philip’s actions, our actions can improve and even save lives…a privilege not to be taken lightly.
Prayer: Understanding God, regardless of our job description, help us to understand our role as interpreters for others who may need our knowledge and understanding. AMEN.
Friday, April 27, 2012 – 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B
Acts 4:8-10 – Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.”
In verses prior to these, Peter had healed a crippled man who would sit at a gate to the Temple and beg for money from those entering. Healing was an integral part of the Apostle’s ministry as it was in Jesus’ ministry. Yet, the acts of healing were also seen as radical and disruptive to the religious authorities of the time. Those of us in the faith and health movement continue to find ways to practice this radical hospitality toward our brothers and sisters today.
Prayer: Healer God, may we be healing presences to all people around us today. AMEN.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 – 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B
John 10:14-16 – I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
I understand that sheep actually learn the voice of their own shepherd and know to follow that voice when called even when they are around multiple shepherds. It is my prayer that our actions toward one another will serve to lead people to the truth of God’s love for all of us so that we may live as one flock.
Prayer: Caring God, bless our work this day. May we be living witnesses of your love for all of us. AMEN.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 – 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B
1 John 3:17-18 – How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
1 John 3:18 is one of my favorite passages first introduced to me twenty five years ago. For me, it is simply not enough to believe. Our faith should change us…make us act differently toward one another.
Prayer: Loving God, as we grapple with our faith, help us to always see our neighbors as children of God. AMEN.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 4th Sunday in Easter, Year B
1 John 3:16 – We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
Would you die for a member of your family? I know many of you would immediately say, “Of course!” But would you die for your neighbor? Consider today what it means to live sacrificially for your neighbor, especially the neighbor who is actually a stranger.
Prayer: Gracious God, many people will come in contact with us today. Help us to see each of them with your eyes. AMEN.
Monday, April 23, 2012 – 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B
We are approaching the fourth Sunday of this Easter season. The lectionary selections for this week include: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24 and John 10:11-18.
Psalm 23:1-2 – The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters…I bet most of you reading the first two verses of Psalm 23 went ahead and completed it by saying the other four verses to yourself. If praying publicly makes you nervous or uncomfortable, consider simply using the 23rd Psalm. It can be a wonderful prayer for many situations.
Prayer: Almighty God, help us to better share our faith with one another. AMEN.
Friday, April 20, 2012 – 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B
1 John 3:1a – See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.
This Sunday is also Earth Day. While it ages me, I remember the green “e” (it may have been a Θ Greek theta) of that first Earth Day in 1970. As brothers and sisters who are sharing this planet, I hope you will take a moment this weekend and determine one more way you can help care for it.
Prayer: Creator God, thank you for green grass, snow-capped peaks, emerald green seas and clear blue skies. Help us be good stewards of this amazing abundance you have entrusted to us. AMEN.