So who is it that decides who is worthy and who isn’t? Have you ever “judged that book by its cover”? I know I’ve been guilty of that and I know Christians from the beginning have been doing this. Is it human? It has to be because to ere is human? Is it wrong? Well, all you have to do is read the readings from yesterday and today to decide that…
From yesterday’s first reading… While Peter was still speaking these things,
the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word.
The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter
were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit
should have been poured out on the Gentiles also,
for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God.
Then Peter responded,
“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people,
who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?”
He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
From yesterday’s Gospel… It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”
From today’s first reading One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,
from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened,
and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention
to what Paul was saying.
After she and her household had been baptized,
she offered us an invitation,
“If you consider me a believer in the Lord,
come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.
As I guy who likes to have control of everything, here is one thing that I will never control. Who is it that decides the worthiness of God’s love? Well, it ain’t me. I might think I can do many things to bring people to God, but as I reflect on these readings, it is not my work BUT God working through me that bring people to the faith. This is my call – this is OUR call, to obey God’s commands, to believe in His Son, to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us and by doing this, God will call people to Him. With that thought in mind, let’s read again yesterday’s second reading from the 1st letter of John…
Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
And another clip from yesterday’s Gospel…
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
Do what the Lord commands you to do today. Accept God’s love and be prepared to encounter hardships because of your love of God. From today’s Gospel…
“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”
Do something great for our Lord today.
Be Not Afraid.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Jesus, I trust in you.