A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: The cross is foolish in the eyes of the world. On April Fool’s Day, give us courage to look foolish – to some- following Jesus to the cross.
Scripture: John 12:27-36
Key Verses: 35-36 Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.’
Reflection: All parents have sayings that they use to motivate anyone who will listen. “You snooze, you lose!” was one of my dad’s slogans used to draw out speed and determination. “Practice makes perfect,” annoyed me more than motivated. I find I whisper this next one, instead of shout it out. “Learn it, live it, love it.” The idea behind the saying was that whatever you are doing is more than that moment; it is an attitude and a way of living life.
In today’s Gospel reading from John, Jesus says, “While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” (vs. 36) Jesus offered the crowd this metaphor and new identity. Jesus mission was still unclear to the crowd and probably the disciples. They interpret God’s voice as thunder and then miss the reference Jesus makes to his death. They didn’t know what to believe but they stayed with him. They remained present and he gave them a new identity even without the belief: children of the light.
Throughout this Holy Week, be present to the extraordinary events. Seek renewed growth in the Spirit that others will be able to see and know the light of Jesus Christ working through you. “Learn it, live it, love it.”
Prayer: May the events of this Holy Week rise up around me. Quiet my heart so that I may learn each moment of this week. God, guide me as I seek to live into the story of your redeeming and transforming love. Prepare me for Easter. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].