Devotion for May 21, 2017

 

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Meditation for the Week of May 21, 2017

 

 

And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?  Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”

                                                                                                                                    -Acts 2:7-11

                                                                                                                                               

                                      

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was scolded by the scribes and Pharisees.  They were angry with Jesus because he was allowing even young children to shout his praises.  “Hosanna to the Son of David!  Hosanna in the highest,” the children were shouting.  Jesus did not silence the children, but instead told his critics that if they were silent, the very stones would cry out.

Stones?  Rocks?  Pebbles?  Boulders?  It sounds amazing, but it prepares us for the miracle of Pentecost.  The Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples who speak the salvation of Jesus Christ to a myriad of peoples.

No rocks heard and believed, but many from various lands with rock-hard hearts.  Some mocked the disciples for their faith, but others—from far off Mesopotamia, Asia, Crete, Arabia, and other lands heard and believed.  These new believers from far-off lands found their hearts softened, and their mouths expressing their faith in Jesus.  Hosanna to the Son of David!  Hosanna in the highest!

And so the Gospel went on from those noble stones in Jerusalem to the ends of the earth.  At some point in my family’s history, some Norwegian men and women with rock-hard hearts heard the Gospel and believed.  Some other German-speakers and still other Polish-speakers heard of Jesus and added their hosannas to those of the children many years ago.

And so the Gospel goes to you, English-speaker…Spanish-speaker…beloved of God with an Italian or African background.  The love of Jesus comes to you to exchange your heart of stone for a softened heart of flesh.  You, noble stone are transformed into a living stone in an eternally living Church (Jesus, himself, being the cornerstone).  You are brought into the great company of those singing their songs of praise to Jesus into all eternity.

 

                                                                                                                                    

Our Weekly Prayer

 

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

 

Almighty God, You have called Your Church to witness that in Christ You have reconciled us to Yourself.  Grant that by Your Holy Spirit we may proclaim the good news of Your salvation so that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

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