The Samaritan woman and Jesus

In the Gospel lesson, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well at noonday.  She more than likely did not expect to meet anyone at the well but she finds the Messiah.  At the time, the Jews and the Samaritans did not see eye to eye so the Samaritan woman was surprised when Jesus was offering her the waters of eternal life.  Jesus proves himself to her by calling her out.  He tells her that he knows she has had five husbands AND the man she is currently with is not her husband.  She realized who Jesus is and how he knew her sin and yet, despite their differences, he was still offering her salvation.

This conviction turns the Samaritan woman into one of the earliest (if not the very first) evangelist.  She takes the message of Jesus back to her community and shares it with all who will listen.  She does all this despite their differences, despite her lifestyle, and without the resurrection.  What faith!  We would all do well to follow in her example.  All of us fall short of the Glory of God, but we all are blessed by his Grace and Jesus is still at that well of eternal water wanting us all to partake!

To Lent, or not to Lent, what a silly question!

It is that time of year again.  Lent is in full swing!  But what does that mean and what should we do about it?  I think that many people do not fully embrace this season because they set lofty, unattainable Lenten goals.  Jesus did manage to fast and resist temptation for 40 days BUT we are not Jesus.  He was perfect, we are not.  If you haven’t decided your Lenten journey then I suggest “baby steps.”  If nothing else, check out Lenten Madness (link from our home page) and learn a little more about the saints of the church.  I highly recommend doing something no matter how small.  Following a Lenten rule is like going to the gym; it sure is hard to sometimes make yourself go, but you sure feel great when you succeed!

Try something today!  It’s not too late to start!

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday – whatever you want to call it – it’s here!

Be sure to join us at Saint Timothy’s for our special recipe pancakes and sage sausage!  There will be food, fun, and fellowship for all!  The fun starts at 6:00pm this Tuesday (3/4/2014).

Mountain Top Experiences

Most of us has had the pleasure to view a splendor from atop a mountain.  Whether you get there by hiking, biking, four wheeler, or however; we can recall revealing in the natural beauty of our world.  At the summit, you can feel a closeness to nature and God.  It can be an experience that last for a moment or days.  A time and place where one can at least relate to Transcendentalism.  A state of purity without the corrupting concerns of the world below. 

Moses had his experience upon Mount Sinai where he received the Ten Commandments and in the Gospel lesson for the Last Sunday in Epiphany, Jesus had his own mountain top experience where his body was transfigured before his disciples: Peter and John.  It was a validation that Jesus was in fact the son of God.  In my opinion, it was the greatest miracle of the Bible being the only miracle that happened to Jesus himself.  A mountain top experience where being fully human and fully God collides in a visual spectacle for his two disciples removing any doubt that Jesus is the Messiah. 

Today, it is not necessary to climb mountains and trees for the visual clarity and perspective that people once did.  The relationship of the New Covenant between God and us exist in the knowledge that Christ has already paved the way.  The sweat, blood, and tears have already been expensed to establish the framework that stands ready for every person.  Our job is to utilize and share this framework so that we can all maintain a close relationship with our God.  The season of Lent is upon us and I can think of no better time to dust off our proverbial hiking boots and climb our own mountain to strengthen our relationship with a God already present in our lives!  Thank you Jesus!