Wow, it’s been a long winter! I can’t tell you how many times I personally thought of Surfin’ Scripture during the cold and dank months. (Others said the same thing.) But we started off with the most amazing summer day one could ask for: bright, early sunrise; humid “Hawaii” weather, warm water, and pretty big waves… well at least compared to the flat spell we had last summer!
The scripture reflection was very nice. In our gathering, we discussed part of Matthew 10’s commissioning of the disciples. In it, we’re told to live the Gospel and not worry about what might happen. In a very poetic way, Matthew tells us that we can worry about the day-to-day transactions, but it doesn’t go unnoticed. After all, God knows everything that goes on in the world, right down to the numbers of hairs on our heads.
Jesus said to the Twelve:
26 “Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.
27 What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
30 Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
31 So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32 Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
33 But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
The question becomes, are we making God a priority and living the Gospel the way Jesus commissioned His Twelve? Are we afraid to yell from the housetops what we believe to be True? A great insight came up in that one may think they are proclaiming the Good News. But, when it’s around like-minded people—or in an area that is tolerant toward the message—the point is likely missed. What about our Chaldean brethren in Iraq where they get murdered in the public streets for simply believing in Christ? That’s likely the environment the disciples were in, and certainly not like that here in the States. I think it shows we have a lot of discerning to do to actualize our good intentions in a way that is consistent with this scripture.