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"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith...and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God."
(Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV)
June this year, especially, is a month not of vacation, but one of "invitation". In the Lectionary we are being invited by Our Lord to
"arise" and "go", in other words, to participate in His ministry to the world.
The month opens with the Feast of Pentecost, when the disciples were transformed into Apostles by the fire of God's Love touching them. The following Sunday is the Feast of The Holy Trinity, and what is remarkable is the lesson from the Book of Revelation. It paints a word picture of the presence of God that is not only overwhelming in the detail of the Glory of God. It is, frankly, magnetic in its impact on us as readers and witnesses. Not only to we see that glory, but it compels us to come closer, to join the angels in their hymn.
Nicodemus becomes the vehicle for us to be invited into the body of Christ through Holy Baptism. We become as little children in order to become full participants in what Jesus wants us to do and to be in this world. While Lazarus may seem to many to be a warning, I suggest that his story is really an invitation to us to review how we look at this world, to take a longer view. In so doing, we find that the way to enter into a closer relationship with Jesus is by sharing His love with all around us.
As the summer months settle in on us, we humans tend to relax a bit in our diligence in expressing our Faith. After all, it is not like Christmas with its happy smells, nor is it Easter with the first blush of Springtime flowers. Least of all is it an "ordinary" time. It is in fact a time for us as Christians to, yes, enjoy this time to be in the world on our terms, but only as part of renewing our strength for the times to come. Keep in mind that the devil never sleeps, but is always waiting for us to allow our Faith to slumber. It is up to us to make sure that we are always freshly vigilant in keeping the devil away from ourselves and those around us so that the Love of Christ continues to spread through the world.
Peace and Blessings from your Servant in the Faith