As I sit on this early Sunday morning waiting for the sun to rise once again, I am drawn to remember the teachings of the One who died and rose again. Like the disciples of long ago, there is the reality that though he is alive, my Lord is not here with me. But I am convinced that the words Jesus spoke echoed through the loneliness of those first followers. And because they had the courage to record his life-giving words, they speak even into the silence of my waiting prayers.
So, I am drawn to the Sermon Jesus preached. I feel invited, even as the crowds and the disciples felt invited to follow him to the hillside to simply listen. For just as their lives were in a state of political, personal and spiritual chaos, my soul longs for renewal. How is your soul doing?
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain,
and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
The Good News is even as he saw the crowds, the Son of the living God sees us. Moreover, he understands the courage it takes to wake up to the reality of our chaotic lives and simply come and listen. Will you, will I, join Jesus on the mountain?