June 17, 2020·Enma Gonzalez
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”).
— Mark 15:34
As I read Mark 15, in this week’s Pause reading, I couldn’t help my heart from being filled with sorrow. “And Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed His last” (Mark 15:37). These words resonated with the heart of my brothers and sisters that have felt fear, pain, betrayal, wronged by years of racism and prejudice against them.
Yet, I am reminded of the beauty of the cross. Jesus took to the cross all hatred, racism, prejudice and brought new life!
“His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3).
It’s under this hope that I encourage us to bring change. I sense Jesus pressing my heart and leading me to ask the following questions: Is my heart reflecting the heart of Jesus for His people? Have I reflected His love? Have I sought His wisdom, or lived under ignorance?
“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:14-16).
“Love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22).
Most importantly, will my children and their children and our next generation still cry out to our Father because of the injustices in the world? I encourage you to pray alongside me, about how WE, God’s people, can become the light, grace, and love that our world so desperately needs.
I’m encouraged by this week’s reading to continue exploring my heart and allowing the Lord to continue His work in me. I’m also reminded that His love for all is equal, and I’m to give grace as I receive His grace, show His love as He loves me, be light as He guides me.
This week, will we be people that reflect God’s love and grace?
Pastor Enma Gonzalez