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Our anchor is God's love

Thứ ba - 17/01/2017 06:23
"This we have as an anchor we have in our spirit, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil, where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner" (Heb 6:19 - 20).
 
OUR ANCHOR IS GOD'S LOVE
 
"This we have as an anchor we have in our spirit, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil, where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner" (Heb 6:19-20).
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
In the letter to the Hebrews it tells us that we can have every reason to trust and hope in God and all His promises.  To be in the central place as Jesus' disciples, we do need to continually stress hope on our journey. Hope is not just like an anchor that is thrown into the sea, instead hope is like anchor thrown ahead of and beyond us into heaven: "This we have as an anchor we have in our spirit, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil, where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner" (Heb 6:19-20).
 
The hope sustaining us amid the uncertainties, difficulties, and suffering of the present time is anchored in that heaven where Jesus had preceded us and where he prepares a place for us. Our hope flows from our sharing by our lives in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We trust that if we have suffered and died with Him, we shall rise with Him. Here and now this means that in our prayer and even through our tears we look beyond what our eyes can see and our senses feel to the One who has overcome all this, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
 
Today in the responsorial psalm we acclaim: The Lord will remember His covenant forever (Ps 111). In Jesus Christ we are delivered! With the "eyes of our hearts" we do not pray alone. We pray as your children, we receive Your grace to live and work together with our brothers and sisters, all for the coming of Your kingdom upon each of us.
 
In Mark's Gospel we read about the observing of the Sabbath, is it a burden and a chore? Or is it to refresh, renew, and support our lives? Jesus points out in other places, exceptions to Sabbath observance are made when the needs and lives of animals are at stake, so why not make exceptions when the needs and lives of people created in our heavenly Father's image are at stake? Jesus says, "The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: The Sabbath, like God himself, is a gift to renew, refresh, and support our humanity and to build up the body of Christ.  We are His children after all
 
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