Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday in Easter 5: All these things

Opening Sentence
Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Hebrews 9:24

Collect of the Day
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 70, 71

Lessons: Leviticus 19:26-37, 2 Thessalonians 1, Matthew 6:25-34

Worry is not a virtue in the kingdom of God. In fact, Jesus pretty much makes it obsolete. We are not to worry about food, clothing, or any of the basic necessities of life. God will provide for all our needs. Our concern is to be the kingdom of God; living a life which is a reflection of God's holiness and righteousness. "All these things" will be ours besides, as we place our focus in proper perspective. God will provide for us all we need this day to live as citizens of his kingdom.

The kingdom of God is not food and drink, yet these are the symbols--the bread and the wine, the body and the blood--through which God brings his kingdom near to us. The kingdom of God is not outer clothing, yet we long for our heavenly clothing; for our bodies to be raised immortal with Christ in his eternal kingdom. "All these things"--food and drink, clothing and shelter--will be our besides when we seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.

(JAG)

Seek Ye First