Monday, June 1, 2009

Ordinary Time: Monday, June 1, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

We bare God's name. That's a powerful concept. We bare God's name. In other words, we represent God, if we call ourselves Christian. Not just preachers, but all of us that call ourselves Christians. How we live, speak, act, care, love, forgive, ask forgiveness, these things are a reflection upon God.

So, let us live in a way that glorifies God. I don't mean a life that is perfect, none of us will achieve that. But, what I do mean is a life sprinkled with grace and mercy. In a world that is disagreeable and tears down, let us build up. In a world that responds in anger and hatred and vengeance, let us love. In a world that holds grudges and remembers the smallest slight, let us forgive. For, we bare God's name.

New Testament Lesson

Paul reminds us today that God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but of power and of love and of discipline. God doesn't want you to cower in fear. God wants you to be brave! Strong! Live with courage and hope, for God is with you. Whatever you face today, you won't face it alone. For God is with you. Be strong. Be bold. Live. Knowing that God stands with you.

Gospel Lesson

Shine your light today. Shine your light today for all to see. In the darkness, shine light. When you feel like the darkness will win, shine light. When you feel like there is no hope, shine light. When you feel like giving up, shine light. For, it's not your light you shine, but the light of Jesus. And His light conquers all.

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