In the last few days,
- we have shared together in an online communion.
- reflected on Good Friday.
- sat through the mystery of Holy Saturday.
- celebrated in a very different way Easter Sunday.
It’s easy to keep focus when we have these major markers to guide us.
But now… what?
If we are honest…
- Some of us are tired, weary.
- Some are feeling overwhelmed.
- Some are frustrated.
- Some are feeling cut off and lonely.
- Some are fearful – there is so much uncertainty.
- Some are anxious.
- Others are feeling depressed.
- Others are thinking how can I teach my kids?
- how will we pay our bills?
- how can we stay safe?
- Many are wondering will we ever go back to normal?
- What is normal?
How do we remain healthy in these days?
I want to reflect on these questions this week. We are going to use as our starting point is a little letter that Jude, a brother of James wrote:
17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—25t o the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
This week, let’s read this passage together. Each day I will share some reflections on this passage.