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May 13


Elementary:

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Luke's gospel (9:51-62) says: "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Did Jesus really mean that we should never look back? How could he seriously have wanted a man to leave his dead father unburied? What harm would have been done for another to say farewell to his family? What happened to the commandment "Honor your father and your mother?" Aren't there times when it is good to look back?

Perhaps Jesus exaggerated in order to make a point. There is an urgency about the kingdom of God that requires our immediate attention – a pandemic of Love?

We need to be careful of dragging our feet. I know this can be a pitfall for me: I like things to be in order and I can consume myself with tying up loose ends. The danger is that in doing so, I miss out hearing God's voice in the here and now.

Easter happened and is real and is going on right now!  We need to live this reality – right now!

God wants us to bring closure to some areas of our lives, but sometimes we just need to move forward.  Easter is about being hopeful and trusting in God.  The beginning of this day's reading sees Jesus "set his face to go to Jerusalem." He was moving forward toward his Passion. He knew that his days were limited and he needed all the help he could get!

And he still needs us—now – to be people of Resurrection faith, hope and love!

We pray: Lord – enable new life and healing in our hearts and lives, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

We continue our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit


High School: 

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Luke's gospel (9:51-62) says: "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Did Jesus really mean that we should never look back? How could he seriously have wanted a man to leave his dead father unburied? What harm would have been done for another to say farewell to his family? What happened to the commandment "Honor your father and your mother?" Aren't there times when it is good to look back?

Perhaps Jesus exaggerated in order to make a point. There is an urgency about the kingdom of God that requires our immediate attention – a pandemic of Love?

We need to be careful of dragging our feet. I know this can be a pitfall for me: I like things to be in order and I can consume myself with tying up loose ends. The danger is that in doing so, I miss out hearing God's voice in the here and now.

Easter happened and is real and is going on right now!  We need to live this reality – right now!

God wants us to bring closure to some areas of our lives, but sometimes we just need to move forward.  Easter is about being hopeful and trusting in God.  The beginning of this day's reading sees Jesus "set his face to go to Jerusalem." He was moving forward toward his Passion. He knew that his days were limited and he needed all the help he could get!

And he still needs us—now – to be people of Resurrection faith, hope and love!

We pray: Lord – enable new life and healing in our hearts and lives, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

We continue our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit