Second Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer before reading:

Lord Jesus Christ,
You  call us to come
To be with you.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear you,
To receive your Spirit,
To be led by your Spirit.

Amen

Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture.

Second Sunday after Pentecost

We are living into the days following Pentecost. Jesus had ordered his followers “not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise, the coming of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4,5). Now the wait is over, and the commissioning Jesus had spoken now guides our lectionary readings: “. . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

There was additional guidance for those early disciples, instructions Jesus had given them while he was still with them. Matthew chapter 10 contains the teaching they had received. Our lectionary reading this week gives us a window into the spiritual dynamics at work as these disciples (and we) live in this world, witnessing to Jesus:

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and
whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. . . . and
whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the
name of a disciple –
truly I tell you,
none of these will lose their reward.

This is no idle talk. We are assured here of Jesus being present with us and in us as we live and speak the good news. Abba God walks alongside and indwells us, even as the Holy Spirit leads and empowers us. The Trinity moves into mission with us, carrying a gift for those who welcome us: a new and transformed life. Life will never be the same.

During the weeks and months following Pentecost, we are invited to live into this new and transformed life ourselves. This God bearing life takes hold of us as we listen deeply to the scriptures and allow them to read and transform our life; as we enter the biblical narratives and discover that the scriptures are a meeting place –a place of encounter where Jesus meets with us; as we learn to pause and listen for God as we pray; as we bring our needs and the lives and needs of others into the presence of God for God’s tending and work in them; as we become more aware of God who is within and behind the scriptures, who is within and around us; as we share the good news with patience and respect—in deed and in word;  this new and transformed life will become our reality. We will become a God-bearing presence in the world, a witness of Jesus.

For your reflection:

In what ways is this new and transformed life taking hold of your life?

In what ways are you becoming a God-bearing presence in the world?

Second Sunday after Pentecost

6/20    Monday:  Matthew 10:40-42
6/21    Tuesday:  Matthew 10:40-42
6/22    Wednesday:  Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
6/23    Thursday: Jeremiah 28:5-9(10-15)
6/24    Friday:  Romans 6:12-23
6/25    Saturday:  Matthew 10:40-42
6/26    Sunday: Matthew 10:40-42