Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Rising to new life, forgiven by God's love, we seek out a life that reflects this grace. There are no actions that we can do to deserve this life we live now and in eternity. What could we do to earn such love? It is only by the grace of Christ that we inherit this life. So, how can we respond in light of this gift from God? We can now live in that love each day of our lives. Gratitude fills our days. We look for opportunities to lift the lives of those who are suffering. We seek out ways to express Christ's love through our words and actions.
"But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."
Paul is describing that part of the metamorphosis where we are changed. We are transformed because we have been loved. And are loved, so we go and love.
Last week the Schick family decided to do just that. Bill, Jennifer, Jessica, Tommy, Alison, and Joey Schick got in their car and went to bless people. They stood at a safe distance and held up a sign that said, "We Miss You." They did not have to do this. They did not do it to earn God's love. They chose to do this because Christ loves them, and now they are doing what they can to love others. Share the ways you are changed because God loves you.
"We are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life."