Meditation for 29 May 2020 by Bay Le Sage

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Published on Thu, May 28, 2020 3:00 PM

Meditation for 29 May 2020 by Bay Le Sage

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love.”             Ephesians 5:1a 

In this passage in a letter from Paul to the people of Ephesus he talks about following God’s example and walking in the way of love. Paul cautions them not to be sexually immoral, greedy, or in any way impure. He reminds them not to have anything to do with liars. He calls them “children of light” and instructs them to find out what pleases the Lord.  Paul tells them to live wisely, and to “make the most of every opportunity” and calls the times they are living in, “evil”. He wants them not to get drunk on wine, but to be filled with the Spirit, and to “sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks.”

I am struck by the passage, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love.” I remember running into the phrase “walking in the way of love” when I came to investigate Christianity three years ago in May at St. John’s.  I remember Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s kind words, “What would love do?” and realized that this was definitely an attitude and teaching to aspire to.  His introduction to “The Way of Love” states, “In the first century Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. A community of people whose lives were centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Before they were called “church” or “Christian,” this Jesus Movement was simply called “the way.” 

How different would the world be if we all came to each other with love?  Obviously, there would be no war.  Poverty would also be unheard of.  I am easily intimidated by people who seem to know the Bible forwards and backwards, since I am so new to Christianity.  I am also sincerely grateful to those who have taken the time to answer my many questions.  When I find myself puzzled or overwhelmed or lost by some teaching or point in a sermon, I try to be patient with myself and go back to the heart of how to live: to “walk in the way of love.” 

Please contemplate the many ways you walk in the way of love.  Is there something you could add?  And though, in our society it is often the most difficult thing to do, please don’t forget yourself! As Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said, ... love God, love your neighbors, and while you're at it, love yourself."

Bay Le Sage

Jeremiah 31:27-34            Psalm 102                   Ephesians 5:1-20                       Matthew 9:9-17

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