Sunday, 3 April 2016

Sunday Reflection by Susanne Timpani

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.

Reading: "…As the Father sent me so I send you." John 20:21

The Father's plan relied on Jesus' obedience. Our salvation depended on it. Jesus tells us today that He sends us out in the same way as the Father sent Him. With expectations of obedience.

Jesus had every right to say no. The account of His passion and death in the Gospel reflects rejection, hatred, ridicule, physical suffering, and a humiliating death.

He relied on the Father to sustain Him. On the night before He died, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed. He poured out His desperation and honest fear. He received His Father's power to carry out God's plan.

When we stumble on our journey of faith and forget why we follow Him and feel powerless, Jesus left us an example. We return to a place of prayer.

Jesus relies on our obedience to pass on His message of salvation. He provides the power for us to carry out His plan. And like Jesus, we receive the greatest gift of all: Eternal Life.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.

Susanne Timpani