“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Acts 2:36
Jesus said, “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.” Jn. 10:9
We continue our journey through the Easter season and ponder the meaning of the new life that we received through the gift of Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus is the gate to eternal life. Through him, we will “come in and go out and find pasture.”
We come in through the gift of faith. The gift of faith makes us children of God. We have been claimed by the God of Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us to be his disciples and we come to him week after week and day after day in prayer and the celebration of the sacraments. We follow Jesus in faith every day.
We go out by the love born of the Holy Spirit. This weekend, our candidates for confirmation receive the gift of the Spirit in a new way. They are empowered and sent forth to witness to Jesus. They have been given the gifts of the Spirit, not for their own sake, but for the sake of the world. They have new wisdom and knowledge, their hearts are filled with mercy and compassion. And so our ours. We go out by the power of the Spirit. We go out in love.
We find pasture in the hope of eternal life. As disciples following Jesus we know our destination is eternal life. Jesus resurrection reveals where he is leading us. He has been established as Lord and Christ. As Lord he has defeated the power of death. Our pasture is not of this world. We are destined for eternity where faith, hope, and love find their fulfillment. As disciples, we live the way of faith, hope, and love.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood