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May 13

Elementary:

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

When I learned to ride a bicycle, my Dad ran beside me with his hand on the seat helping balance the bike and helping me learn how to pedal. I was always looking over my shoulder all the time to make sure he was there so I would not fall.  Funny thing is, is that I needed to look ahead to where I was going to learn to ride – I needed to stop looking behind me for Dad to keep me safe and I needed to learn how to fall and get up and try again myself.  It took a while and then one day Dad was not beside me when I glanced over and I was riding by myself – what freedom!  

Our faith is kind of the same:

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."

We know God's love and we are called to share it.

Easter happened and is real and resurrection power is spreading right now! 

We need to share this story of hope and love!

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

Lord help us always be full of hope, forgiveness and love, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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


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 man 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. 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 on God's summons in the here and now.

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

I'm sure 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 numbered and he needed all the help he could get!

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

Lord – enable new life in our hearts, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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