"But Seek ye first the kingdom of God"

Matthew 6:33

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    When I was growing up there was that old joke, “April showers bring May flowers but what do May flowers bring?” The answer was “Pilgrims”. It described the first group of people seeking religious free-dom in a new land. In theological terms though a “Pilgrim” is one who seeks that which is holy. For Christians, it is Jesus whom we seek.

    In Saint Matthew, chapter six, verse 33, Jesus instructs, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” And what are all these things that will be added to us?

    As Luther explains in the Small Catechism for the petition of the Lord’s Prayer “Give us this Day our daily bread”, daily bread is described as everything that has to do with support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, devout husbands, wives, children, workers, rulers, governments, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation and friends, faithful neighbors and the like.” Notice there is nothing about selfish gain, popularity, nice vaca-tions and material wealth.

    As Christians, our “pilgrimage” is toward the Kingdom of God. Not a popular goal in this life according to the world. Many people are good at promoting social life but not good at proclaiming the Kingdom of God which came among us in Jesus. Just because Jesus no longer is physically among us that does not mean Jesus is not here dwelling with us. Jesus dwells in the heart of every baptized individual who believes and trusts in him and allows Jesus to guide and be the center of their every action. Jesus and the Kingdom is our holy place and final home and we are pilgrims on a journey to that very place.

     The Easter message is Jesus has been resurrected for the forgiveness of our sins. Our pilgrimage on earth in response would best be spent living our lives journeying through this world with the cross of Christ leading us on a pilgrimage toward our Father’s house and inviting many to journey with us, especially those who have not heard the good news of Jesus death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, the resurrec-tion of the body and life everlasting in the Kingdom of God.

    There is the hymn in the Lutheran Book of Worship (Green book #553-verse 1) that summarizes this task for us reminding us that the cross is what goes before us all.
                                                        Rejoice, O Pilgrim throng!
                                                        Rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
                                                        Your festal banner wave on high,
                                                        The Cross of Christ your king.
                                                        Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, give thanks, and Sing!


Pilgrims for Christ rejoice!
Pastor Flavia






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