Disciples at Work

Hold on to your theological seat belts, folks! Matthew’s taking us on a rocky ride. For today he presents us with the mysterious doctrine of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God in three persons ~ the Holy Trinity! How do we make sense of all this?

For starters, let’s take a look at Jesus in today’s gospel.

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Gifted and Talented

Even as Jesus reminds us, in today’s Gospel lesson, that the Holy Spirit has been breathed upon us so that we might go out into the world to make known the light and love of the Christ for all people, so Paul reminds us that we are one body in Christ reflected in the many different gifts of individuals, gifts that can be employed in service to God as individual people and as a community.

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The ELCA’s website for missionary work notes that, “As you read this, some 225 ELCA pastors, doctors, nurses, teachers, theological educators, communicators and community organizers are serving on every continent but Antarctica.” ( I wonder how many of those people, when they were 5, or 10 or 20 years old, thought or planned to be missionaries?

At some point these missionaries, like Abram and Sara in our first lesson, heard God’s call to go and carry God’s blessing into the world. And they went. And they seek with God’s help to serve as a sign of Christ’s living water, poured out for new birth.

When God in Christ reaches into our lives, we can expect great love and freely given mercy. And this calls us, like our ELCA missionaries, to be signs of God’s love and mercy through Christ for the world.

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If You Love Me

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” (John 14:15, 16)

Hearing these sentences from Jesus in today’s gospel lesson I am reminded of the Small Catechism, that nifty little book written by Martin Luther in the 1500s to help families and pastors teach the basic tenants, or teachings of faith. In addition to discussing the Apostles Creed, Holy Baptism, Holy Communion, and the Lord’s Prayer, the Small Catechism includes a discussion of the Ten Commandments.

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