Friday Refection – June 7, 2019

Photo of Bishop David Rice in Church

“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I’m going to the father. I will do whatever you ask in my name so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”
John 14:12-14

Not only does Jesus remind us that we will not be left alone, he encourages and invigorates us with a knowledge that even greater things are to come through us. It appears to me, that the only requirement for such greatness to occur, rests on that whatever it is we do, we do in the name of Jesus. Now I trust I needn’t remind us that since the beginning of Christendom many unspeakable and horrific acts have supposedly occurred in the name of Jesus. I also trust that I needn’t remind us that the singular measure for whether something is done truly in the name of Jesus is whether it is wrapped by and offered in love. Love has been, is, and will be forevermore the determining measure and factor whether whatever it is we do comes from and is attached to Jesus.

And so with our acknowledgment and celebration of the Holy Spirit, great things continue to be before us, it is simply over to us, guided by that same Spirit, to reflect and offer love in all circumstances and contexts.

Sisters and Brothers of the EDSJ, the language of love is the language of God, regardless of the circumstance and context, and that language becomes our own when our work, play, rest and relationships reflect love.

Pentecost Blessings
+David

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