Daily reading: Acts 1:1-14
Saturday April 9, 2016

Focus passage: While they were eating together, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised.  He said, “This is what you heard from me:  John baptized with water, but in only a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5

The budding Christian community, still raw from the wounds inflicted upon their Lord, still fearful and amazed that death didn’t have the final word, are called to wait. They are called to worship and pray for the Holy Spirit to come and live in and through them so they can be sent out to speak resurrection to the city that killed their Lord. Sent out to the familiar terrain of Judea, and even to Samaria, a place well beyond their comfort zone, a place where their hated neighbors lived, and then to the ends of the earth.  There is little that is comforting about their call, but it is life giving and necessary.  It reminds us that there is an expansiveness of God’s promises that has no boundaries or stopping points.

In the midst of our woundedness, in the midst of our disappointment, in the midst of our “what nows”, Jesus calls us out.  Out of our comfortableness, out of our desire for what was and is no longer, out away from peering into the empty tomb, out away from our standing looking up to heaven, and calls us as a community to be sent out into the wide expanse of our world.

Prayer: God of the resurrected Christ, breathe new life into the dead spaces of my world.  Amen.


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