One theme that pops up in our readings today is how Christ is glorified in his people. Of course, that ties in with the larger summons to seek and serve Christ is all people – as we promised in our baptismal covenant. So we need to do our part to look for Jesus in everyone, plus show that same same Jesus to everyone.
Also, take a moment to reflect on how Jesus fulfills God’s promises in his Ascension back to heaven, both in what he does for us and what he does in us.
Sorry for being a little late on my sermon posting. This week of the Good Shepherd (see the collect for the Fourth Sunday), Jesus reveals himself in John’s Gospel to be the “gate” for God’s sheepfold. Let us rejoice in the protection, provision, and guidance our Lord provides for us as part of his flock.
Progressing through Eastertide, our Gospel lesson brings us face to face with Jesus with a couple disciples heading to Emmaus, who then discover our Risen Lord in Scripture and the Breaking of Bread. May we find Jesus in the Bible, his table, and our own tables as well.
Moving from Galatia to Colossae is certainly a step up in faith, even if the troubles afflicting both churches are similar. We pick up with Colossians 1 where St Paul expounds the Supreme Gospel that centers on our Supreme Lord. May we each find Jesus more than enough in this life and the next.
Sadly for some, Mother’s Day does not dictate the lectionary. Yet as we wrap up our journey through Easter, we also wrap up our journey through the Revelation (note the omitted verses included, giving us the full context). In contemplating the hope of a perfect eternity, may we find ourselves not only encouraged, but ready to meet our loving Savior face to face in the company of his beloved people.
Imagining perfection can be difficult, but that’s the very vision the Apostle John invites us to envision in our selection from the Revelation that we read this week. My prayer is that in picturing and contemplating the ideal in eternity, we’ll be motivated to practice in preparation for perfection in our daily lives until then.