Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” of the bulletin for Fishkill UMC for this coming Sunday, February 2, 2020, the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
In 1966 Stephen Stills wrote and then, with the group he was in, “Buffalo Springfield, recorded a song entitled “For What It’s Worth.”
Perhaps the key phrase in the song is,
It’s time we stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?
For me, this phrase echoes the thoughts of the prophet Micah written 3000 years before, “Look around and see what God has done. And tell me how anything you may have done matches His work.”
Paul makes the point that our perceived status be it political, economic, or religious, counts very little to when it comes to receives God’s blessings. As Jesus points out, our blessings come from what we do, not who we are.
One thing that I learned a long time ago is that, no matter how hard I might try, I would never reach the perfection of Christ.
Nothing I do will ever outdo God and I should never try. But such perfection must be my goal. Anything that I should do should not be seen as a “trophy” in the pursuit of perfection but as a step along the way.
Today, God is calling on us to listen to the sounds of the world, to hear the cries of the people, and then empowered by the Holy Spirit, bring the Gospel to the world through our words, deeds, thoughts, and actions.