Ordinary Time

Pause

So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!

2 Corinthians 5:17

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me,
And I’m feeling good

Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse in “Feeling Good” (1964)

Listen

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. There will be no mourning, crying, or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

Think

“Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow. But if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow.” (Bill Withers in “Lean on Me,” 1972)

We know life on earth holds both beauty and pain, joy and sorrow. In following Jesus’ commandment to love one another, we open our hearts to both. In Revelation, however, we are shown a new world where there is no pain or sorrow, and death itself has died, where we are with God and love reigns. What a hopeful vision! God, who is Love, wipes away each tear from our eyes. What a tender image!

“Then I look at you, and the world’s alright with me. Just one look at you and I know it’s gonna be a lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, a lovely day!” (Bill Withers in “Lovely Day,” 1977)

Alex Flannagan

Pray

Dear Lord, give me the strength to love, even when it hurts.

Fill me with your Spirit, that I may sing your praise for the joy and beauty in this world.

Give me the humility to forgive, for in your new world there is no pain or sorrow.

All I really want is to grow closer to you.

Amen. Hallelujah!

Go

“There’s a season for everything… a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted… a time for tearing down and a time for building up, a time for crying and a time for laughing… ” (Ecclesiastes 3)

Practice faith. It helps us make it through the seasons.

And as the cycles pass, remember that each ending is, in its own way, the beginning of something new.

Blessings.