Acts 1:6-14 - Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36 - 1 Peter 5:12-14; 5:6-11 - John 17:1-11
Homily for Morning Prayer on Zoom, May 17, 2020 (The Rev. Liz Golub)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Good morning St. Michael’s! It is so wonderful to be able to share the Good News with you today. I’ve missed it. Today’s reading from 1st Peter seems tailor made for times we are in. I suspect that most of us have been casting so much anxiety on the Lord that God is buried under it and yet still gives us what we need to get through.
I had a meeting this week with my director at school. (Yes, I am still working there.) We talked about some of the things that will be required when we reopen either in July or September. We still don’t know. It’s overwhelming especially in light of our students’ special needs. We worry about how they adapt. We worry about our ability to meet all the state mandates. And those are just a few of the things that wake me up in the middle of the night as I try very hard to leave my anxieties at the foot of the cross
Perhaps we can look upon Peter’s words as the sister to Paul’s calming words in
Philippians 4:6-7: Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The peace of God…not just a thought in your brain, but an inner tranquility, because you know whether the problem is big or small, God’s got it covered. We know it, but sometimes it’s hard to feel it. I imagine that all of us have had tough days in the past 2 ½ months when we felt depressed, missing our family and friends, scared about the virus or paying the bills and any number of other things.
We are like the disciples who watched Jesus ascend back into heaven. They heard Jesus’ words, that his Spirit would always be with them, but at that moment it was small comfort. They still didn’t know what the Holy Spirit was going to do to them…. Empowering them to go beyond anything they could ever imagine.
We too have been led beyond anything we could imagine, but the Good News we have a God who stays and promises to care for us every day. We already have the Holy Spirit gifts of wisdom, hope, peace, and healing that we can tap into any time. We just have to ask.
Now we are entering a different time, when businesses and churches and restaurants will begin to open. Perhaps that will bring a whole new set of anxieties and worries that we will have to cast back to the Lord. As we ponder all these things you to take a moment and in the silence of your heart, name your anxiety, your worry, for where you are today or might be tomorrow. Then, drop it at the foot of the cross, the only place we will ever find peace and wholeness. We have a God who stays and a God who is with us for the long haul.
Let us pray. Lord Jesus we believe that you are protecting us and staying with us through this pandemic and every other hardship in our lives. Help us to let go of all our anxieties and to trust in your Holy Spirit.