Sunday Reflections: Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is full of hope, joy, and anticipation. Riding on a donkey, people welcomed Jesus waving palm branches crying, “Hosanna, Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.”
“Jesus walked courageously to face his death in defence of the truth-the truth of the brokenness of the world, the truth of power that oppresses others, and the truth of God’s dep love for all creation. Jesus transformed a place of fear into a place of hope. Do we have to live the vulnerable and authentic life that marks the call of Christians?
To live courageously is to live as the one to whom we truly belong. Jesus knew to whom he belonged. He lived fully as God’s beloved son and it showed. Jesus was life itself and brought that life to those he met. Jesus raised the dead, cured the sick, gave sight to the blind, and fed the hungry. His actions proclaimed the nearness of God. His life threatened the way of death. We, too, belong to God. We, too, belong to the kingdom yet to be known in this world.” (The Rev. Jennifer Gamber, Living Well Through Lent 2020, page 59.)
With all that is happening right now, do you think that there are reasons to welcome and celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus in our communities today?
How can you continue to exercise your mission, as a Christian believer, when everything seems to be difficult navigating our day to day life?
Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross. Therefore, God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, Philippians 2:8-9
Rector’s Corner: This is our third week meeting and worshiping virtually as a parish congregation. I know that many of us are hungering to get back to our usual lives and be reconnected, in person, with our families, friends and even co-workers. However, with the advice of our health professionals, particularly the provincial health officer, these next two weeks will be very critical on how we will be able to flatten the curve of this pandemic.
I’m pretty sure that by this time you are all familiar with the drill; stay home as much as possible, practice physical distancing, and frequent hand washing. These measures will help keep us all safe and healthy.
As a church, we have continued to support our parishioners through fervent prayers. I, as your minister, remain committed to be here for you in this time of crisis. I am available on call at 604-585-6835 for your pastoral needs and concerns.
I have also continued to phone some of our church members and friends. This is just one way to remind everybody that we are all in the same boat. I also ask that you continue to pray for all people affected by this pandemic. May God’s grace and healing power be an encouragement for us to pray for one another.
I hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy at all times. Blessings!