From Pastor’s Desk
As nature ends the season of spring, we also end the season of study. And this Summer we desperately wish to end the COVID 19. Every year these “endings,” whether of nature or the school year (and of mask and social distancing this year) remind me of the “ending” of our lives here on earth. In order to end the school year, we need to pass the final exam.
In order overcome COVID 19 and move on in life, everyone must pass a test. Experts say vaccination is our test.
In the same way, to successfully “pass” on to the next life in Kingdom of Heaven we must first pass a test. Everything rides on our test score.
We either pass or have a damnable failure. Actually, we are taking that test every day of our lives. The course is “Christian Faith and Living.” Jesus is the instructor.
Our text is the gospel. And we already have the questions for our final exam.
Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothe and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:34-38, 40.
Now there is! In the end real success is not about how good looking, fashionable, popular, powerful or rich you are. Real success is a life-long embrace of those in need.
There are obvious forms of those in needs.
There are some that are not so obvious:
• Hunger for acceptance and justice
• Thirst for love and affection
• The aloneness of divorce, death and poverty
• The nakedness of unemployment
• The illness of fear, despair and hopelessness
• The imprisonment of greed, selfishness, drug and alcoholism
• The sickness of injustice, hatred and racism
We here at the United Methodist Church are “Class” in the kingdom school. More and more let us band together and embrace the answer: helping those in need.
By God’s grace we can “ace” this one!
God loves you and so do I,