Greeting and Family Matters for Sunday, August 12, 2018     

There is a great divide – a notable difference – between what we were before being given new life through Baptism and what we are now, recipients of God’s forgiving love in Christ. In today’s Epistle, Paul lists the characteristics of any Christian who is reflecting that love. It is not a list commending our successful reflections of our new nature, but a series of exhortations, writing, “Let us . . .” There is only one source of hope as we struggle – our Lord. We have been baptized into the Body of Christ, and at each reception of the Lord’s Supper we are strengthened to show the new person He has called us to be. As Elijah was strengthened by miraculous food and went on toward Horeb, the mount of God, so we are assured of God’s forgiveness as we receive Christ’s body and blood in the Lord’s Supper. He is the bread of life from heaven, who enables each of us to discard our old ways, live in the new life of God’s forgiving love, and adorn ourselves with gladness.