"We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight"
Psalm 33:10-22 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10
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Today we learn that every momentary affliction now becomes a place where the “eternal weight of glory” gets worked out in our lives. We interpret what we can see, the temporary, by what we cannot see, the eternal. We can always be confident -- even amid our yearning for comfort in the face of trouble and despair. We walk by faith not sight. God’s consolation does not take place in some out of body experience, but in our relationship to the living God. Like everyone else, we too will have to appear before the judgement seat of Christ. But in faith, we can do so with confidence.
Matthew 5:23-24 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
On the weekend before July 4, we look at Paul’s understanding of our mission of reconciliation.
Paul says that Christ died for us so that we no longer have to live for ourselves, but for Him, and through Him, for others. For our sake, the one who knew no sin was made to be sin; the righteous one, Jesus, took on all the ways we are stuck in abusive patterns with ourselves or one another, as victims and as perpetrators. Because we are human, we live these patterns, often without being aware of the patterns themselves. Jesus lived and died so that we might see a better way to live--a life of love and sacrifice so that we might further God’s reign of mercy and consoling justice. God's love overflows as grace --a free and selfless gift. We are called to live so that that grace God gives us flows from God through us and is made available for all.
John 13:31-35 and 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
For some people, the word “grace” is a churchy term that we Christians throw around and that may not mean very much outside church. This Sunday’s scriptures invite us to remember that grace is overwhelming generosity. God is incredibly generous with us, forgiving us, providing a way to live abundantly, and most of all sending Jesus to show us how to live, to minister, and to face death. What he asks in return is that we pass this same grace on to others—forgiving them, helping them, and giving of ourselves, our time, our talents, our material wealth, and our prayers.