Devotion for Sunday, March 23rd

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2014

Matthew 5:1-2b, 7:24-29
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.  Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:  “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”  Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness—acting in a just upright manner, doing what is right and moral according to the dictionary.  I think there are two ways of looking at this.  Being hungry for a relationship with God, I like to think this desire to connect with the Divine is wired into our DNA and placed there to open the door for that relationship. Having been born only 2 pounds and not expected to live, I’ve believed I had a start to that idea by wondering what God ‘s plan was for me.  To make sense of my life in attempting to do God’s will.  But to want to do right and do God’s plan implies we know what that is . Judgment can creep into that idea. So perhaps being in relationship with God also implies relationship with our fellow beings—in love, and mercy and forgiveness.

To be filled with the Spirit of God’s vision for our creation.

 – Submitted by Helen Reddick

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