Captain America, Steve Rogers, in the movie The First Avenger, is a skinny, asthmatic guy who wants to fight the Nazis. Finally he is accepted into a special unit where he is the least of the raw recruits and he is ridiculed and bullied from the officers on down. One day in the training yard the CO tosses a (supposedly) live grenade into their midst. Everyone runs for cover except Steve. He runs toward the grenade and throws himself on it. He is willing to die for those who fought, bullied and shamed him. Not what anyone expected.
Upon reflection, it struck me as the Christ-like thing to do. As the Scriptures tell us, Jesus died for us even though we did not deserve it and still don't deserve it. In fact, we can never deserve it. God does not mete out to us the punishment we deserve for our sins, but the mercy of his Son's death for us. He gives us mercy in place of justice. Not what anyone expected.
We are challenged by Jesus and Captain America to apply mercy rather than justice. Are we up to the challenge?
#Mercy #Justice #Romans5 #CaptainAmerica #SteveRogers #Prayer #Unexpected
God is not unfair, unjust, or evil. I would call that damning Him with faint praise, but it is what is said in Hebrews 6:10. The context though is that God will remember our good works even though he chooses not to remember our sins which we have repented. What a deal that is.
The author continues on, noting the group's support of others and #encourages them not to lose their enthusiasm (Heb 6:11-12). Great words of advice for these days of pandemic, deprivation and unrest.
#justice #prayer #Lent #enthusiasm #Hebrews
"God seems to reveal Himself to man as rapidly as man . . . is prepared to receive the revelation". So says John G Lake in his reflection on Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Although Lake was speaking of God's revelation of himself to mankind over the centuries, perhaps we should ask ourselves, "How ready am I to receive further revelation of God?"
Sometimes we get stuck in the "same old, same old". We can ask God to show us where we are stuck and how we can get "unstuck". Now is the time; today is the day.
#JohnGLake #Lent #Prayer #Baptism #Baptism in the Holy Spirit
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.