Lenten Meditation by Suzanne Newton
Maybe you can hear those words sung by the bass soloist in Part 3 of Handel’s Messiah. The words are Paul’s in 1 Corinthians 15 as he imagines resurrection from death to eternal life in the “last days.”
But what about now, today, this moment in the year 2014 CE? Will the living “us” be changed? And how will we know?
No one of us is the same today as we were yesterday. True, people who know us recognize us when they see us on the street, or in the church, or at the doctor’s office. But we are never who we were. Because we want to be God’s people now–and here–we are being transformed. Jesus’ prayer to God says, “May your kin-dom come, may your will be done, here, on Earth…” It’s pretty clear God leaves it up to us to make that happen.
The program has been laid out: Love, pray, welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, house and clothe the ones in need, heal the sick, visit the prisoners and advocate for them, and always bear witness to the love of God and the hope that calls us to act.
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