JULY 25, 2020 SATURDAY
But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. - Matthew 6:33
Dear Beloved in Christ,
Do you also find these days hard – not much to look forward to, wondering what’ll be the next shoe to drop? It’s easy to become discouraged by an ongoing virus spreading, people becoming sick and dying, those ignoring ways to slow the spread. I become discouraged by how divided, suspicious and filled with fear and anger, people have become.
The other day, I was talking – appropriately distanced – with a neighbor. She had been a church music director for a long time, left a fundamentalist upbringing, hoping she’d find more to God than she’d been given. She did, and knows God’s love for her— especially in these present moments. We can become so caught up in the present, we’re distracted and lose sight of the mountain in the soul, where God draws near, where earth and heaven meet.
My friend says, as I hear others also say, “I look for blessings, especially now. They’re all around us.” What do you thank God for right now? How do Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 motivate you? Everything — all that is created, every person, each moment – the good and bad, the peaceful and fear-ridden, the angry and the loving – God is there. All is good, and eventually one day, we shall know and see. Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. One day God’s kingdom and righteousness will shine like the noonday sun for all to see.
I regret the pain people suffer – of disease and death, of systemic wrongs in this world. For us who follow Jesus, we know God’s blessing. We live in God’s kingdom, God who is redeeming it through you and me, and will redeem what is left in the end. That’s a blessing. For those who live faith, we rest in union with God. It’s a blessing tucked into this earthly sojourn – especially now, if we take time to seek it. Keep striving for God’s kingdom. In your heart of desire, God waits for you. You are in God’s kingdom. Don’t be distracted by the other. Let God’s kingdom be the lens through which you live, move, and have your being.Blessings, peace and the blessings of eternal hope in these days, Fr. Steve