The Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
Luke 17: 5-6
At times I forget how powerful faith is. It is a fact that is often taken for granted, but without it, we are not able to move. This is especially true when life is difficult. Having faith allows us to move forward when all seems lost. We may think it is impossible to continue our dreams, but with faith, oftentimes things that seem impossible become a reality!
We have gone through some times that may have seemed impossible. We have been through COVID-19. At this writing, many of our friends and family members are recovering from hurricanes, and they must move forward in faith. Faith reminds us life will get better!
When a “tree” becomes an obstacle in our life’s path, it has to be removed. Faith gives us the power to move it with the help of our faith in God!
“Between us and you a great chasm has been fixed.” Luke 16:26
Jesus reminds us that we have a choice to make. We have the Rich Man, who though was not an evil person, he just did not pay attention to Lazarus, the Poor Man. Lazarus was in need of kindness, but the Rich Man did not reach out to him, and we see in the Parable, this was a terrible thing not to do. It has eternal results!
Jesus challenges us! Do we ignore the Lazarus individuals in our lives, or do we break the separation that divides us?
If we want to follow Jesus, we do not have a choice, we must break the chasm!
Today is a new day! See those in need and bridge the gap that separates ourselves for each other!
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Luke 16: 13
Simply said, surrendering our will to the Divine Will brings peace to our lives. But this is not as easy as it sounds. There are things in our world that challenges us and distract us from peace.
Perhaps the only way to maintain our will in the Divine Will is to be vigilant in love.
Give as much of our hearts to God as we can!
We are God’s work in process. It may be discouraging ￼￼￼as we examine our hearts, and see how we fail to live up to our principles. However, efforts matter! Forgiveness is real! And today is another day to give ourselves to God by serving God in the world; serving God by loving all meet!
Never give up on serving the Lord; the Lord will never give up on us!
“And when he had found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes, he calls his friend and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’” Luke 15:6-7
Today we remember 11 September 2001, the Patriots Day! And for many of us, who this day touch very deeply, it is good to celebrate Good Shepherd Day! It is consoling that we have a Lord who is so much in love with us that He seeks us out!
9/11 is the result of hate, and we all have to deal with hateful people who do terrible things in our lives, but we need not be hateful! We accept the reality of what we have gone through, we accept the losses of people, places, and things. And we wait in hope for the peace that the Good Shepherd, Jesus, brings to our lives. When we are lost is sadness and despair, Jesus reached out to us in His word and in people who love, and He brings us back to peace!
“Whoever does not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:27
Jesus wants us to have the good life! This means staying present in the given moment, and let Jesus lead the way.
We have so many crosses that come to us in our normal daily lives. Someone losses a job, someone has a terrible illness, someone has lost a love one. There are many crosses that we have to deal with, yet Jesus has made the way for us to follow and that is the only way for us to be a disciple of Jesus.
There are other ways of dealing with crosses, our difficulties in life, yet none leads to the peace that Jesus brings us.
The cross can be very heavy, remember that Jesus carried His Cross in the way to Calvary, was nailed to that Cross and died on it. Jesus was faithful to the end!
The End is a New Beginning!
The Glorious Resurrection would not be possible without the Cross!
This is our story too, if we follow Jesus, and bring whatever we are going through as our cross, and follow the Lord!
For every one who exalts oneself will be humbled and everyone who humble oneself will be exalted. Luke 14:11
Those who exalted themselves had Jesus nailed to the Cross, but humility leads to the Resurrection.
When a person exalts oneself they block the knowledge of God, they block the wisdom of God, and they block the Love and Peace Divine. They are not teachable.
Jesus is dangerous to the self-exalted!
Jesus is God the Son, and He chose to be born as an ordinary child. Jesus was raised as an ordinary person. However, He taught from a place of Divine Knowledge, Wisdom, Peace, and Love! Those who were self-exalted could not refute Him, hence, destroying Him was thought to be the way to destroy the message.
The self-exalted were wrong!
We know the history, on the third day, the Divine Teacher and His Divine message, rose from the dead! We are still being challenged by this Person and His Message!
To find true Peace and Love, we must be humble, that is, teachable! Let Jesus be in control!
“And behold, people will come from east to west, and from north to south and sit at the table in the Kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, some are first who will be last.” Luke 13:29-30
Jesus wants us to have a personal relationship with the Father, the Creator. In doing so, we are following His example. This relationship requires an ongoing communication with the Divine.
We cannot have a relationship without communication!
We do this by celebrating our religious rituals from the heart, we do this by reading and studying God’s Word, and we do this as we treat one another! Here we find our ongoing communication with the Father.
Now is Kingdom time!
It is the present moment that leads to Kingdom living. The last will be first! The present moment is the Time of Salvation! It is not our actions in the past, it is how we live right now!
“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them.” Luke 12: 37
Life is good!
This parable of Jesus is so true in the real spiritual world. Jesus wants to wait on us, but we must be ready to receive Him!
If we ever have to question, why does Jesus not come to me? We must ask ourselves, what are we doing to block His entrance? He is always available to serve us with Peace and Love!
What blocks Jesus entrance?
When we are hurt and we return the action. When we judge someone. When we participate in evil against individuals or groups. All of the above and any action against Divine Love and Peace are road blocks that keep Jesus from serving us.
Today, may we commit ourselves to creating an open door to Jesus!