July 29, 2012 Lectionary reflection

Melissa Engle/MCC

Jesse Epp-Fransen reflects on the good news that is often so difficult to see amidst the corruption and violence of our  world in the latest lectionary reflection.

Jesus flees from the mountain where the feeding occurs when he sees that the people are going to make him a king. Jesus is a king, and of the line of David, but he is not a king in the way of David. Jesus will not retreat to a palace giving out commands and orchestrating wars. Instead he will live amongst his children. He will be found among criminals. His friends will be tax collectors and prostitutes. He will not send his followers out to the field of battle, as David did, but will send them out to bring good news, the gospel of peace on their lips and the Holy Spirit in their hearts.

It is in this mode that Paul writes to the Ephesians. Paul prays that Christ may be in our hearts and that we receive the power to comprehend the love that passes understanding. A power that does more than we can imagine.

Read the entire reflection here.

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