Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message
Grace and peace to you all!
This Sunday’s gospel reading is the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12. They are the beginning verses of the Sermon on the Mount, a three-chapter sermon on how to live as God’s people, that Jesus gives at the start of his ministry. As I have been putting together thoughts for the sermon, I came across this quote from Roland Walls, the founder of a Scottish monastic community:
“To follow Jesus is to walk, step-by-step, not knowing what may be asked of you in the next quarter of an hour. There is no book — (not even) the Sermon on the Mount will tell you exactly what you must do at any given moment. You have to keep your eyes wide open to discern that somehow the way before you is a way of love … That is an exciting and exacting and exhausting way to live … God’s will for you in the next moment comes each time as a gift.”
“Keep your eyes open … that the way before you is a way of love.” Those words have caught my heart, this week. In the midst of political news that feels like the opposite of love – and in the midst of the ordinary joys and frustrations of work and life and relationships, these words are a guidepost for me: keep seeking to walk the Way of Love.
How does that Way of Love work out, exactly? I can’t tell you precisely what it will look like today. In my life, or in yours. And yet, as we move forward one step at a time, in prayer and in hope, sharing our journey together, the Way of Love is revealed. We are each given a part in the tending and the healing of our world. No matter what situations and forces rage around us, we can always choose the Way of Love. And as we do, God is made visible and tangible in our own lives, and the lives around us.