Catholics have finished Easter Season and entered Ordinary Time. That means there is no special event in Jesus’ life that we are remembering. The gospel readings are leading us through Jesus’ ministry. Whenever possible an Old Testament story that parallels a New Testament event is used. Elijah restored a widow’s son and so did Jesus. Summer is a time of easy living and schedule changes that sometimes exclude church activities. It is tempting to forget that we need God all the time. A resurrection miracle is a good way to begin summer. It reminds us that our need of relationship with God is always a fresh truth. To prepare for this article I consulted a Catholic web site. The widow in 1 Kings 17:17-24 discovers that truth is not what she expects. Truth comes from the mouth of the prophet and it is effective: her son is raised from the dead. Truth takes on a new meaning for her – fidelity. God’s fidelity to His word, His promise is put into action. The truth is we need God all the time, not just during Christmas and Easter Season. We need the fellowship of the Body of Christ, too. Telling of news, good or bad, joins us in celebration or comforting each other. We are more alike in experiences than we think. We can only learn that when we gather as brothers and sisters to worship God. Building up the saints happens when the saints congregate in one place for worship and fellowship, or for doing good works corporately. Children learn how to do good works by our example. My boys went with me to Manna House during the summer. They especially liked working with the men who served drinks and cleaned the tables. Those guys were like grandfathers to my boys. The men said my sons were good workers and nice young men. Those fellows benefitted by relationship with my sons, too. We are social creatures and need each other. It encourages and enlivens us to be with Christians. Likewise, we need God’s fidelity to sustain us, to build us up, to guide us. God’s fidelity and the fellowship of Christians work together for our good. This summer while volunteering and participating in church activities, I will remember the widows whose sons were raised from the dead. When they most needed God to intervene, a prophet demonstrated that God’s word is effective and that God Himself is faithful. I hope to be effective and faithful in my choices of service to the Body of Christ. That doesn’t mean I won’t have fun. Being in fellowship always give me great joy.
Weekly meditations provided through the Greater Florence Ministries Alliance meeting each second Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lighthouse Ministries.