Pastoral Letters 2

Today's Bible reading: 1 John 1:1-4

Hebrews was written by an unknown author to plead with believers not to lose hope and faith in suffering.  Suffering is also the background of 1 Peter, which reminds readers in Asia minor that they are members of God’s family by Baptism and destined for an incorruptible inheritance – even though they are despised strangers and pilgrims in this world.  James teaches mature Christian wisdom as the practical way of showing praise to God.  1, 2, 3 John, 2 Peter and Jude all show the struggle for truth against error in the early church.

All of these writings are still the living Word of the Lord to His growing church.  They continue to lay the only foundation of faith: Christ the Lord.

And this is where we come in.  Through Holy Baptism, you and I have been made members of Christ’s Family … “living stones” in His house – in His growing temple.  He has saved us from sin and death so that we might be the “living stones” he has made us to be.

May the Holy Spirit use you as His instrument so that you might continue to grow in His grace, restore anyone who may have fallen away and together rejoice in God’s gifts of sins forgiven, eternal life and salvation.

Prayer: Almighty Lord, forgive our prejudices and teach us to see Your Son in every Christian.  Help us to abandon our self-confidence and rejoice in Your grace alone; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.