April 5, 2020

Our Matthew readings over the next few days will take us into Holy Week and eventually into Easter. If you want to stick to the liturgical year instead of jumping ahead try reading some of what we have posted over on our daily devotional page.

A reflection on Matthew 26:47-75 by our Assistant Program Director, Angie Smith.

There’s a lot going on in today’s reading. Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss. And Peter, well Peter is typical Peter full of faith and ready to jump in and then terrified because he realizes what it means to have complete faith in Jesus.

Yet again I find myself relating to Peter. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve jumped on a leap of faith then crashed because I wasn’t prepared for what went along with leaping.

Following Jesus isn’t always easy. As we discussed earlier in the week, it’s not always easy to love your neighbor. We often miss the point of what God is doing in creation. We trust God, but fear kicks in. We’re human and life happens. Following Jesus requires making sacrifices. We live in a culture of instant gratification, which if we make sacrifices, we tend to make them of others, not of ourselves.

We’ve all been making sacrifices during this pandemic. How many of those sacrifices will we keep making once this is over? Will we continue to cease hoarding? Will we continue to support local business and so called “low skill” job workers? Or will go back to instant gratification sacrificing whomever to get what we want? We may use this time apart to reflect on the sacrifices we will continue to make in the days ahead and how in doing so we are creating the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Amen.