God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Help the Sick Recover

Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.’ Mark 16:14-18
(I wouldn't normally write on this passage, I see it as not original to the author of Mark but a later addition by the church, cut that church is the church that we are supposed to be a part of. This passage tells what they believed about what the followers of Jesus were called to do. Although as a progressive I groan a little at the condemnation of the passage.)

lack of faith
stubbornness
Jesus when meeting his followers
speaks to them of
a lack of faith
stubbornness

but through it all he invites them to go on a journey
he encourages them to journey into the world, the whole creation
Jesus invites them to take up his sermon
"Repent and believe the Good News, the Kingdom of God has drawn near."
the journey is to lead them to places where the good news has not spread
they are to take the good news to people who need to be set free of evil
they are to take the good news to people who need to be washed cleaned
they are to wash them in the waters of baptism and bring them into the community
they are to wash them clean to join the journey
they are invited on the journey to speak in new languages
they are invited to have conversations
real conversations
meaningful conversation with others
they are to share the stories
they are to tell the good news of God's love
they are to speak of all the love they saw poured out by Jesus
they are to charm even the original evil, the tempter
they are to bring the tempter into the God's love
wherever they travel
wherever they go in the whole creation
wherever they journey
they are to lay hands on the sick
to follow Jesus
to be part of the church of Jesus
to be a disciple
a Jesus follower
means to lay hands upon the sick
we are to visit the sick and touch them
we are to seek out the sick and bring healing to them
we are to make it possible for the sick to recover
how will we use our resources
our communities resources
our countries resources
to help the sick recover

Jesus Christ is Waiting


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