Works Required

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What good are religious beliefs if you aren’t helping those in need?

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Luke 8:20-21  

Jesus was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you. He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

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Jesus certainly loved his family as he loved all people…so this comment should not be construed as disrespecting them.

He’s exaggerating to make a point: You aren’t doing your part in the body of Christ by only hearing the word of God.

That’s not enough.

You must act on it.

The Word of God calls on us to love all people, to serve those who are in need as well as to speak out against oppression.

Simply believing doctrine or going to church without putting your faith into action is virtually meaningless.

“Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17).

DEAD!

Jesus had specific instructions in regard to taking action: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:35-36).

The time for action is now.

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Shine Your Light

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Love dispels the darkness of hate and oppression.

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Luke 8:16

“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.”

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There is a Light inside each of us.

It was installed by our Creator who is Light: “God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

Jesus was the embodiment of this Light bringing life to the world.

He allowed this Light to shine fully and completely through him. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).

The Light of Christ brought healing, forgiveness, mercy, comfort and compassion to the world. The Light also dispelled the darkness of oppression and hatred.

As followers of this Light, we, too, are meant to be beacons in the world.

We are called to shine the Light of Christ.

We can’t do this by our own strength…but only by turning over our self-centered control to a Higher Power.

The holders of worldly power will not react well to this Light. They tried to extinguish it by crucifying Jesus.

You will also experience persecution.  As Jesus said, “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20).

But the Light of Love cannot be defeated!

The resurrection continues through all those who continue to shine the Light.

Allow the Light to shine through you.

Christ is calling you!

It’s the only way to live as your true self.

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Peacemaker

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Between fight and flight there is a third way.

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Ephesians 4:1-3

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.

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Paul was so transformed by the risen Christ that he changed from being the most zealous persecutor of Christianity to its most passionate preacher.

Today’s scripture comes from a letter he wrote while in prison…to support to the beleaguered Christian community.

Paul’s message remains foundational for all Christians…although I’m wondering how many are even aware of it

You have been called by Christ.

What “call” have you received? Do you know?

Are you living “in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace”?

Look at the nasty and often untrue political commercials on TV.

Look at the vitriolic public discourse on important issues.

Look at the insulting discourse in social media.

Look at the sorry state of simple civility and common courtesy.

As the old church song states, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Really? I’m not seeing it.

The one Christians allegedly follow (that would be Jesus) put it this way: “For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same” (Luke 6:32-33).

This is a gut check for us all.

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Grateful

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Take stock of your blessings…beginning with your next breath.

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Psalm 118:1

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his mercy endures forever.

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Having an attitude of gratitude will change your life.

You are alive!

You have the gift of life and eternal life.

You are a spiritual being having a human experience.

You come from Love itself (1 John 4:8).

Being Love itself…God is most definitely good.

So do not fear but be thankful…even for the things that on the surface appear bad.

You can still work to change those things…but you must first accept what is as it is…because not accepting reality would be delusional.

You would only cause suffering for yourself by resisting it.

Once accepting the present moment…you can decide what step to take to change something that needs to change.

But as you accept the moment…you accept God’s presence with you in it.

God is always present…and God, being Love and Goodness, will always be with you…with a mercy that never ends.

Give thanks!

Amen!

Alleluia!

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Main Motivation

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Enter the present moment with compassion.

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1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.

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This passage from St. Paul gives us a great standard to measure our conduct in everyday life.

Are we operating under the motivation of love in all that we do…or is our motivation self-interest?

None of us meets this standard perfectly.

Jesus gave us the blueprint of how to love…even when faced with persecution and execution.

Could it be that our human experience is meant to be a “learning ground” for love?

Our lives provide us plenty of challenges to being able to love in the face of adversity.

We are provided ample opportunities to set aside our egos so as to see and respond to the needs of others.

Jesus basically showed us how to accept what is and to respond with love.

We are called to love all people…even those we disagree with or dislike.

Jesus specifically instructed his followers to love their enemies (Matthew 5:44). This is undoubtedly his most ignored teaching of all.

Why? It’s a tall order!

But isn’t it refreshing to know that God is love (1 John 4:8)…and therefore always acts according to that standard in dealing with each of us?

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Calling

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Each of us is meant to be a missionary of compassion.

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1 Corinthians 12:27-28

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it. Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues.

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What is your purpose in life?

St. Paul said each of us has a part to play in God’s unfolding creation.

We are all here to channel God’s love to the world.

Each of us does that in a unique way that only we can do because there is only one of each of us.

We are instruments of God’s love by sharing our unique talents and gifts.

Our lives are part of a bigger picture…our Creator’s masterpiece is in progress.

Do what you love and you will love what you are doing.

If you are unsure of what it is you would love to do…simply open yourself to God’s unconditional love and pass it along to others.

God will lead you to finding your place in the body of Christ.

This is life’s great adventure!

How are you being called to bring the kingdom of God alive in this place and time?

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Path to Peace

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Less is more on the spiritual journey.

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Psalm 40:17

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. May those who long for your help always say, “The LORD be glorified.”

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What are you seeking?

There is a deep yearning in each of us.

The advertising industry has reaped great profits by telling us we can satisfy this yearning through gaining material things. But this will never work!

Our yearning is actually on the spiritual level.

It’s a desire to be who we were meant to be.

St. Paul puts it this way: “We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now” (Romans 8:22). “Groaning in labor pains.”

We all are in labor pains…to birth our true selves.

Your soul is trying to emerge from beneath the layers of masks and pretenses your ego has invented.

Many people fall into various addictions as they try to satisfy their soul cravings with material or physical things.

What you need is a spiritual solution.

It can only come from your Source.

Are you seeking the One who created you with all your heart?

When you let go of your attachments and empty yourself…you are free to receive what God wants to give you.

It happens now…in this moment.

Your yearning is actually your Divine nature groaning to express itself.

When you are free to creatively express your uniqueness…you will truly be glad.

In your very beingness…God will be glorified.

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