To follow Jesus means living in a different world. There are people of other religions who meditate so that they can leave this world behind and ascend to the true spirit life. There are also those who try to leave this world by using drugs and alcohol. There are many ways people use to try to leave this world.
For Christians, it is about leaving this world by staying in it. God is the God of paradox. To have life we must die. To be first we must be last. To be free we must be a slave. To know heaven we must live on earth.
Next Sunday is Pentecost when the followers received the Power of the Holy Spirit. Today we see them gathered together in preparation. They are in the world ready, and now eager, to begin the work that Jesus set before them. They know that there are people in great need who want to know God, who need love, who need to be healed. They are ready and eager.
Share the Good News. The words of Peter in The Message: You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.
Be righteous and do good.