Sunday, May 9, 2010

Easter 6 (Mothers' Day)

The last Sunday of the semester was spent at school. Today's readings were Acts 16:9-15; Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27; and John 5:1-9 (sermon text).

Statistics can change depending on your specific circumstances. What about the man at Bethesda's pool - 38 years waiting for a miracle? He was all by himself among the multitude, where everyone was selfish, and he had no one to fight for him to increase his chances of getting to the pool. Yet we are not alone as we wait for God's provenances - our mothers, though not all have theirs now, spend time with our fathers helping us, praying for us, and thinking of us.

God's gifts are not selfish. As a parent, He doesn't love you less because you were baptized later than someone else. He rescued you and each one of the saved in the miracle of faith, a true spiritual resurrection! Your earthly parents brought you to this water.

God also surprises. The man had only one plan in mind: get to the pool on his own power. Yet Jesus came along and healed him unexpectedly, immediately. God works for us in this way - surprising us by joy. Let Him do this for you so you don't miss out on seeing His actions. He knows your needs; He will provide.

Soli Deo gloria.

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