Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” of the Fishkill UMC bulletin for June 2, 2019, the 7th Sunday of Easter (Year C)
I don’t know why but, for a while, this past week was not on my calendar. In something akin to the shift from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, several days just “disappeared”.
As I left the church last Sunday, pondering why I kept skipping June 2nd, I remembered a song from the 60s, “Keep Your Eyes on The Prize”.
While this song was one of the anthems of the goals of the Civil Rights movement, it’s roots come from a time before World War I.
And like so many folk songs, its roots can be found in the Bible, in this case, the lectionary reading from Acts for today.
Paul and Silas were thrown into jail, essentially for disturbing the peace, but for really disturbing the status quo. In a society where one’s place was defined, Paul and Silas argued that God’s Kingdom was open to all.
We see this today. There are some who believe that God’s Kingdom is open to only a few and they are the ones who decide who those few are. But the prize of salvation is not limited to a few but to all those who seek God.
As Paul and Silas found out, as Jesus told the first disciples, achieving the prize is not an easy task. But when you keep your eyes on the prize, it is within your reach.
Keep your eyes on the prize and hold on.