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March 12, 2017

Lent 2017: Day Twelve

Week Two: Disturbances

Reflection for the Week: Ask disturbing questions and consider unexpected ways we share the Gospel story.

These last two verses of the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians are pretty heady. (No pun intended). I was going to add the other few verses that include the whole section of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (1:15-21), but it wouldn’t help. This is a passage that leaves you wondering about and in wonder of the nature of God in Christ and the relationship between Christ and the church. It is a little hard to understand.

Maybe that’s the point. There are times when Jesus and the teachers in the Bible are trying to get us to understand what we are supposed to be and do as Christians. Clearly we are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and visit those in prison. Those are finite tasks, the concrete jobs to get done. This is the human side of being the church. No wonder.

There is also a side of mystery, the unexplainable, the place of wonder in which faith must dwell. Christ is the peak of God’s power, and the epitome of human humility. Christ is over everything and in everyone. I don’t completely get it, but it excites me and gives me hope. Every day I seek to know more, to feel more of this mystery in my life, and see it at work in the world.

Don’t try to make your faith fit into your life; try to make your life fit with your faith. That’s when you begin to dwell in a place of wonder. It’s a good place.

Prayer: God of wonder, fill me beyond measure! Amen.

Rev. John Farley
Dean of Cabinet
California-Pacific Conference