Morning - 25th December '21
Gospel Reading: John 21: 15–25
Dear Community of Christians,
John the Gospel writer mentions clearly, his testimony is the truth. At a time when the world is struggling for truth, no Christian will deny the truth of the Gospel of John. And so, his important last words in the Gospel are of all the other things that Jesus Christ did, that would be written down in books one after another, the world cannot take in those books.
A mysterious word.
But when we are deeply imbued with the truth that Christ is present in all human hearts since the resurrection, the word loses its mysteriousness.
Today we can look back over 2000 years on a large scale and recognize the unbelievably great works that have been accomplished by people in word and writing. Here is just one representative of the many who, with and through Christ in their hearts, have handed over their works to the world of live for the earth.
In the time of the cruelest racial persecution in USA, Martin Luther King called out to the people:
"Love must guide our actions. Throughout the centuries, the words of Jesus should echo in our hearts today. Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, pray for those who insult and persecute you. If we fail to do this, our protest will end up like a meaningless drama on the world stage of history and the memory of it will be wrapped in the ugly garment of shame”.
Those words are written in the live sphere of the earth.
And so, for the future every single person can take part in writing, through the deeds, in word and action, the books that will fill the world through and with Jesus Christ.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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