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Weekly Moravian Message: June 10, 2012

Second Sunday after Pentecost

A new family

The religious experts thought Jesus was possessed. His family thought he was crazy. His simple acts of healing and his astounding message of hope had earned for Jesus the reputation of being a radical, and in those days radical was a dangerous thing to be. His mom and his brothers probably thought they had his best interests at heart when they came to the house where he was preaching, intending to convince him to go home with them. They wanted to save him (and probably themselves) from the embarrassment of undue notoriety.

Jesus came with a vision that challenged the way the world operates, and offered a way that is infinitely better. Often, when Jesus’ way challenges our modern perception of the world, we are like Jesus’ mother and brothers. We don’t get it. Even though we love Jesus, we’d rather not think about anything that upsets our worldview.

The decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ is one that cannot be taken lightly. It means that we must measure every thought and action by God’s standards, instead of by the standards of the world. But the good news is that when we get what Jesus is saying, and try to live according to God’s vision for the world, Jesus adopts us as brothers and sisters—members of God’s family.

Willie Israel, pastor, Rolling Hills Moravian Church, Longwood, Florida

Moravian Daily Texts


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Sunday, September 23 — Jeremiah 11:18–20; Psalm 54
James 3:13–4:3,7–8a; Mark 9:30–37

I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

John wrote: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

Gracious Advocate, so often we go off on our own and lose our way. We take our eyes off of you and selfishly focus on the world. Thank you for not abandoning us to ourselves. Thank you for bringing us back into loving communion with you. In the name of Christ, our redeemer, we pray. Amen.

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