Sunday 9 May 2021

I have been hammered all week, in every form of mass media, that today is Mother’s Day. This is late and commerical. In the older systems, it is Rogation Sunday, which is about the sowing of the firelds. The link suggests it started in t 5th cnetury France. My usual source of collects has disaaperared.

The people who think in economics want me to buy kea and both our parents gifts. On TV last night one wot the presenters, boviously with small children, said a sleep in to 6 am would be good enough.

I suggest instead we look at the test of today, and preach the gospel. To all.

Acts 10:44-48
44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

1 John 5:1-6
5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

John 15:9-17
9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another

In need to sttrt by saying that being a woman will not save you. Or a mother. Or aby ohter of the sainted identities of this time.

What will save ou is doing what Christ commands us to do, and believing in the work that he did for us.

If ou love him, you will obey his commandments. Imperfectly: we are fallen. But you will become more like him.

If you don’t love him, you will see the praise of men and the virtue of this world. Days like motehrs day will have too much meaning, because your self workt whi lie in your demographic status and not in your relationship with God.

Don’t be that.