PASTOR MATTHEW’S REFLECTIONS FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT

I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,
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Jeremiah 31:33-34.

This is the promise of God to the people of God we hear through the mouth of the prophet Jeremiah this Lenten morning...I know we are not supposed to say Hallelujah in Lent but...come on!  Is that not a promise to sign Hallelujah about!?  It has everything worthy of being held up as hopeful to all of the creation; 1) the promise of a new covenant even though the previous one was broken (Gods' enduring faithfulness!) 2) the promise of that covenant being part of us, a gift to us, written on our very DNA (God's loving tenacity!) 3) the fact that this covenant is for EVERYBODY,  the least unto the greatest,(God's  "No soul left Behind", inclusive, exhaustive, indiscriminate love for all that God has made!)

Hallelujah!!!

In the Hebrew text we meet the Greeks that ask the eternal question of Andrew and Phillip "sir, we would like to see Jesus” This is the question that preachers (indeed all Christians) spend their whole lives answering, again and again and again.  Our work, as disciples, is nothing more than to engineer an encounter with anyone who wants it (and sometimes with folks who would rather not, which is tricky, and we should discuss that more later but...) between people and Jesus.  All the justice work, all the feeding and housing and healing and protecting and advocating and counseling and... all of it, always has an encounter with Jesus as it's culmination.

God bless you as you meet Jesus today.

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