Corona Virus Day 90 Daily Devotion

Do the Loving Thing-Wear Your Mask in Public…
Act for the Common Good…
Spend 20 Minutes in Prayer and Silence…
Keep Trying Not to Touch Your Face…
Join in “Joy Hour” at 5:00…
Keep our Confirmands in Your Prayers…
“This Too Shall Pass”…
Remember, Covid-19 is a Public Health Issue…
Not a Religious Liberty Issue…
Plan on Attending Worship…It’s Youth Sunday!
Remember Those Who Offered Their Lives…
Be Grateful…
Remember the Joy of Your Wedding Day…
Be Open to the Guidance of the Holy Spirit…
It’s Rainy Friday, but Sunny Sunday is Comin’…
Pray Psalm Sixty-Seven…
Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters…
Take a Break, You Deserve It…
We Will Get Through this with God’s Help…
Congratulations Jade and the Class of 2020…
Congratulations to Lyla Sinisi, middle schooler…
Congratulations Rowan Collins, middle schooler…
Enjoy God’s Verdant and Bright Creation…
Spend a Few Minutes with the Church Survey…
Be Thankful for this Chapel and its People…
Reflect God’s Radical Hospitality…
Welcome the Chapel Survey Call…
Give Thanks to God for our Care Deacons…
Enjoy the Sunshine…
Asking God’s Forgiveness…Juneteenth…
Rejoice, It’s a New Week to Serve God…

“I know well that
heaven and earth and all creation
are great, generous, beautiful, and good…
God’s goodness fill all his creatures…
God is everything which is good…
and the goodness
which everything has is God.”
Julian of Norwich,
British mystic of the Middle Ages

Scripture
Matthew 16:21-28

From that time on,
Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem
and undergo great suffering
at the hands of the elders
and chief priests and scribes,
and be killed,
and on the third day be raised.

This verse is where the story of the disciples, who had followed Jesus and believed that he was indeed the Messiah, collides with the story of Jesus’ deeper vocation…that he has to achieve his mission by going to the cross.

Matthew’s overall story is about the kingship of Jesus…a reign that this passage seems to predict will come before the death of Jesus’ disciples. We, today look back on things and believe that this was just a mistaken prediction of Jesus because as we look at how the world is now, we believe that this kingship was never inaugurated. We just don’t grasp the idea that Jesus is presently the king of the world.

Jesus is telling his disciples and telling us that it is through his death and resurrection, his suffering and death that he has come into his kingdom and that if we don’t see that, then we, like Peter are supporting Satan and thinking only in human terms rather than in God’s terms.

All Christology, from Jesus’ birth and baptism to Jesus’ death and resurrection meet in this one short verse of scripture. If we get this one right, all the rest will come into clear view.

Meditation

In a time of silence and meditation reflect on where you see signs of God’s kingdom here on earth. Picture the faces of people in whose life you have seen Christ’s reign. Now picture your face and dream of how you might be an instrument of the Holy Spirit to reflect the nature of God’s kingdom to those around you. Pledge to yourself that today you will do one act of kindness that will show someone that Christ’s kingdom has already come.

Closing Prayer

Teach us, gracious Lord, to follow you all the way where you lead, whatever it costs. Amen.

Here’s a way to show your love for God and God’s kingdom. Here’s a way to lose your life for the sake of God so that you might find your kingdom life.

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul