Christian remembering is no mere recall of ancient relics or even to savor them if others don’t. Christian remembering, like its Jewish cousin, reaches into the past, fills the present moment and shapes the future. Christian remembering lives now because its power comes, not from us, but from Jesus’ Spirit. As Jesus said, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name...will be in you...will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you [and] will guide you to all truth.1 Christian remembering keeps us on target as we live between the two advents of our Messiah Jesus.
us in a person or in an event. Our Christian practice exterior as well as interior: we aim to live our faith, hope and love with righteous deeds, that is, virtuous, upright, faithful, compassionate actions. Scripture described God with a word we translate as righteous. To run forth with...righteous deeds is to behave in ways which will allow Jesus to recognize us as his disciples.
- Pause and be aware that you take each breath because Trinity faithfully creates you each moment.
- Ask the disciples, the first to meet Jesus, to present you to him.
- Praise Jesus for embodying God in human flesh, bone and emotion.
- Ask Jesus for the grace to run the Christian life in an eager, self-effacing way: that is, to walk the gospel way.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave us his words as our guide to be alert, ready to welcome him when he returns in glory.
- John 14.17, 26; 16.13.
- Luke 19.1-10.
- John 12.21.
- John 1.37-39.
- Matthew 25.1-13, the gospel selection early this month.
- 1Corinthians 9:24-26; Galatians 2:2; 5:7; Philippians 2.16; 3.14. Paul also knew it did not depend solely on us; see Romans 9:16.
- Today’s Prayer Over the Offerings.
- 1Corinthians 15.28.