My mom sent this to me and I had to share it on my blog. Today’s reading and meditation really speaks of the motivation behind why I am writing this blog. The last two paragraphs sum it up quite well. God has a purpose for all of us and not always in a singular sense. The Holy Spirit is truly amazing if you open your heart and mind and what gifts can be brought forth.
I Corinthians 15:1-8:
I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,
of the Gospel I preached to you,
which you indeed received and in which you also stand.
Through it you are also being saved,
if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,
unless you believed in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:
that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he was buried;
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred brothers and sisters at once,
most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
After that he appeared to James,
then to all the Apostles.
Last of all, as to one born abnormally,
he appeared to me.
Saints James and Philip
I handed on to you … what I also received. (1 Corinthians 15:3)
Have you ever thought how much deeper your faith might be if you had
been lucky enough to have lived at the time of the apostles? Walking
with Jesus, hearing him speak, seeing him perform miracles would
certainly keep your faith alive!
But the apostles, James and Philip among them, didn’t have an easy road.
Yes, they saw and heard Jesus, but God didn’t call them just to retell
facts or history. They had to internalize, understand, and communicate
why those facts are so important to all of us. And even though they had
lived with Jesus, sometimes they didn’t understand him all that well
(John 14:8-9). It wasn’t enough for them to testify that Jesus worked
healings or even that he rose from the dead. They had to pass on how
Jesus’ healings revealed his power and showed he was the Messiah. They
had to understand and then proclaim how his resurrection saved us from
sin and death!
In some ways, we are in a better place than the apostles. We have the
blessings of two thousand years of history, theology, and holiness to
draw upon. Bookstore shelves are lined with commentaries, biblical
dictionaries, and other helpful resources. What’s more, we can see and
hear and feel and touch Jesus in deeper ways: in the sacraments, in our
prayer, in the Scriptures, and in the loving relationships God has given us.
We are truly blessed! The apostles’ testimony has come to us, and it’s
not just historical information. They have given to us the words of
life! Even Jesus himself reaches down and touches us, making his truth
penetrate our hearts and change our lives! We can all recall times when
our faith was stirred and deepened by a memorable worship experience,
during a particularly freeing confession, when a Scripture passage has
suddenly made sense to us, or when we reached out to help someone else.
And still Jesus is offering us more. So ask him to touch you again
today. Invite him to ignite your faith and empower you to share it with
others. Be like Philip and James, and give away what you have received!
“Thank you, Lord, that you have made me a witness to your truth. Thank
you for touching my heart and bringing the truth to life in me.”
(From the “Word Among Us” — http://www.wau.org)