Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
May 05, John And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. Preachers must be aware of this reality, even if they do not choose to make much of it in their sermons and worship planning.
There is likely fodder here for making connections, with the command to abide in love and the message of chosenness being prominent.
The reading for the day is a continuation of the conversation about vines and branches. The branches draw their sustenance from their connection to the vine.
Believers draw their spiritual sustenance from their connection to Jesus, in whom they are called to abide. By abiding in the love that is God and mediated to us through Christ, we are called upon to love and therefore share in the joy that comes from Jesus.
This is a very different status. It is one of equality, and according to John, Jesus is lifting his disciples and us to such a status. It is important to remember that this status is not one we can aspire to.
No, it is a matter of a choice made by Jesus. This is a key message throughout Scripture. God called Abraham, Moses, David. God sent Abraham to a strange land so that a people might be formed. Moses was chosen by God to redeem Israel from bondage.
God chose David to form a kingdom despite his youth and lowly position. There was nothing about these persons that made them stand out, but God made the choice. The same is true of the disciples. We probably make too much of their apparent lack of distinction, but nonetheless it is Jesus who chooses who will be his companions.
As a result, Jesus is going to share everything given to him by the father with them. In other words, they have become the heirs of Jesus, and thus heirs of God.
Children rarely choose their parents. It is the parent whom makes the choice.
This is especially true in terms of adoptive parents. That might be the best image for this reading. After all, our relationship as children of God is not inherent in our being, but rather is a matter of divine choice. An adoptive parent has the choice of when and whom to adopt.
One would expect that the choice is made out of love. It is a love that is rooted in the potentiality of the relationship, not the existence of one. We have been chosen to be friends, and not just friends, members of the family.
As such we are privy to the divine conversations. Jesus has chosen to share his life with us, for we are recipients of divine love. When we read a passage like this it is appropriate to ask whether or not we too are included in this community of friends of Jesus.
If we can see ourselves in this position, then we can see ourselves being recipients of the love that is God. The power of this love is defined in sacrificial terms. Is this not why we are so scandalized when we read stories of parents who abuse and even murder their own children.
We wonder how this is possible. It is their duty to love and protect their children. As it is written in a hymn of Jean Janzen, based on the writings of Julian of Norwich:College Football News: BCS Bowl Projections provided by yunusemremert.com, along with more NCAA Football information for your sports gaming and betting needs.
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