Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mark 1:14-18

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’  As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Community of knowing

Eyes meet, glasses are raised,
jokes are made--at my expense.
Smiles of knowing exchanged
in sun light, kitchen light,
office light … even bar light
(where doesn’t matter), and
I know what you want, Jesus,
why you came and the joy
of  it. It’s about connection,
deep belonging, love …
in the community
of the Love you are.

You do not call me that I
might find my personal
fulfillment but to belong to
this imperfect, frustrating,
irritating community …
called church, where the Love
you are pulls us out of ourselves
to know …we are known and
loved in spite of ourselves
because we are we--
not just you and me, a
community of knowing
you as the Love from the
beginning, living this Love
so much as we can.

Moments come we know
the pleasure of being known
and wanted, treasured, belonging
to each other in a community
where you are known; happens
anywhere eyes meet, glasses
are raised and good fun
is poked … at our expense,
by hearts that love because
they are part of you.  

Fish for people you told
your friends, Jesus; call them
all to the kingdom of knowing.

Pr. David L. Miller

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