Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.” These are the words from Sunday’s Epistle from 1 John.
Following Jesus makes a difference in who we are and how we live. It is a life born out of our faith in Christ Jesus. It brings us assurance of the love or our God who has walked with us, who understands what it is like to suffer and celebrate, who has shared with us in the depths of the pain and joy that living can bring. It transforms how we understand and engage all of life, joys, pains, celebrations, and sorrows. We live as a transformed people so we can be an example to others what is fully possible through Christ with the Spirit.
Hear the words of Sunday’s Collect: O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Father Galen Snodgrass,