Thursday, May 5, 2011

in the hands of the Son

the Gospel for Holy Communion today from the RCL is John 3.31-36

     stormy morning
       ~cat on window ledge
       looking in

We are in the season of rejoicing in what it was that Christ did for us. Today's Gospel reading reminds us that there are uncomfortable threads running through the Gospel message. To believe the Son brings eternal life; but to disobey him means enduring God's wrath. What does he mean when he says 'God's wrath?' What does disobeying the Son entail? Does it mean not believing in  him? This is complicated stuff. It doesn't help that there are those who revel in the idea of a wrathful God - always presuming of course that God's wrath is directed against those who do not agree with them. And that there are those who push the notion of a merciful and forgiving God to the extent of living lives of wanton hedonism. Where does that leave the rest of us? Where John tells us, I suppose - in the hands of the Son; trusting that he will fill us with the Spirit sufficiently that even though we stumble our way through this life, our belief in him will see us through.

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