Thought for the Day: Today, is in fact, the beginning of the Jewish Passover. It is an ancient celebration, including a meal, that continues to define the Jewish Community to this day. Jesus did not ignore or dismiss its power, but used it in his last meal with his disciples to speak to a new community in a new moment. Too often Christianity has looked back at the life of Jesus, specifically how he reinterpreted or modified or offered a new perspective, and the assumption is the church must lock it in that historic moment in time. Could it be that Jesus was providing us a model for how we continue to grow in what it means to be faithful and to participate in the transformation of the world through love? Are we in need of Jesus once again to pull us out of the concrete where we have attempted to solidify his amazing words? Shouldn’t we hear his message and view his life as an invitation to begin a new journey each new day, not to create an immovable belief system? How is this moment in time pushing us to rethink and reinterpret the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Please understand, I am not suggesting the heart of the Gospel will change – God’s love will remain unconditional and relentless in its power to heal and transform the world. But I have a feeling this moment gives us a chance to acknowledge the nudging of the Spirit as we need to see new ways of allowing the heart of the Gospel to take on a fresh word for this moment of time.
Prayer: Let us celebrate the power of Passover in a meal that is ancient yet as fresh as the Spirit is present. Holy God, give us eyes to see how you are making the message of Jesus relevant and significant for this unique moment. You’ve done it before, and you are doing it again. Thank you. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge