|Published on Tue, May 26, 2020 3:00 PM|
Meditation for 27 May 2020 by Marti Riley
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6
We are currently in a situation unprecedented in our lifetime. We are separated and isolated in order to stay safe and healthy, while new cases of the virus continue to surface. But what keeps us together is our unity in the Spirit, our faith in the love of God and our hope for the future. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul reminds us that by God’s grace we have everything we need to continue his work and keep our faith. While we may not be able to meet together in our house of worship, we have learned new skills in meeting with each other in new ways, learning how to support each other and making sure that we keep in contact so no one is forgotten or alone.
We are one body in Christ. We have the responsibility to live into our baptismal vows and spread the gospel, no matter what our circumstances. We read many stories in the Bible where God’s chosen people lift their voices in praise even as they are put to death. Jesus cries out at the end, “Into your hands I commend my spirit,” entrusting God with all he is. We are called to do no less. God is in us, working through us, surrounding us, embracing us no matter where we are. Isolated, we may feel lonely, depressed or frightened because of the unknown and the violent actions of people trying to justify their armed protests. The world seems to be in chaos and yet, we can be at peace because of God’s love. We have nothing to fear when we put our faith in the Lord. Our faith and God’s promises are what we can cling to in times of uncertainty.
This is a time when we can mature in love and unity, doing the work that Christ has called us to do and the tools with which to do it. We are one body, each using our gifts to support one another and sharing God’s peace. We have choices in how we survive in this “new normal,” but we also have a responsibility to live as Christ taught us—to be humble, gentle, patient, loving, and united in the Spirit. Let us all use the gifts we have been given and strive to do better each day, living our faith, loving one another and proclaiming the Gospel. May the Peace of the Lord be always with you.
Isaiah 4:2-6 Psalm 101,109:1-4,20-30 Ephesians 45:1-16 Matthew 8: 28-34