Sermon Notes- May 13, 2012

Year B- 6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98 (UMH 818)
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

Easter continues.   The readings are pointing us toward people transformed by the Risen Christ.  God is doing new things in Israel and among the nations, and it is time to sing, and proclaim the new creation.

  • The reading from Acts points out that Peter is willing to do something new in the name of the Lord.  He was hesitant in the beginning of the book to acknowledge that God could do something with the “other.”  But we find him willing to change his mind and be transformed.  The Good News of Jesus can no longer be held tightly by the Chosen People.  The Risen Jesus is for all humanity.  Just as Peter proclaim, we can proclaim in our day: “How can you deny the Holy Spirit and Belonging to folks who have received the Gift of the Spirit?”
  • The Psalm for the day is powerful.  There is a new song to be sung for all.  God is in the business of making things new…that is the witness of the people of Israel who have found God faithful over time and it is the witness of the Resurrection.  May we learn to sing the new song for ourselves in our generation.
  • The Epistle continues the theme of love in some different ways.   Loving God is like loving the parent–and when we love the parent, we love the child. Loving the parent and child means that we love the commandments–loving the commandments and teachings of God make us victorious in a world of strife.  Living by the reign of God  is not burdensome, but transforms us into new people.
  • The Gospel Lesson builds on last week’s reading.  Abiding in Christ, means abiding in his teachings, and his teachings are ancient.  Love one another as I have loved you.  Sacrifice yourself for others. You did not choose me, I chose you. The commands and teachings Jesus gives are to guide us to love one another.  Powerful words for the Easter community.
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  • Weekly Reflections on the Christian Faith


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