Make Your Bed

First Steps

Greetings on this The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Readings: EZ 34:11-12, 15-17; PS 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6; 1 COR 15:20-26, 28; MT 25:31-46

Make Your Bed

At the University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address we were gifted the remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ . He discussed the making of a bed.

Making your bed every day will reorient you to thinking about and accomplishing things that matter. This little act, according to the Admiral, is the first step in accomplishing great things.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sK3wJAxGfs

He went further and further on the variety of things one can do to move beyond apparent difficulty and disadvantage but that changing the world happens by commitment to the right things and good outcomes.

I just wanted to add that as we encounter Christ the King.

Shepherd

Ezekiel speaks the oracle voice on what Lord will do. Ezekiel assured the people that the Lord has not forgotten them.

  1. Rescue them.
  2. Pasture them.
  3. Give them rest.
  4. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back.
  5. The injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal.
  6. The sleek and the strong I will destroy.
  7. I will judge between between rams and goats.

After we make our beds today and worship the Lord together which of these can we do? Which can we accomplish? Which can we help accomplish?

Destroy Death

Christ the King not only binds up and tends his sheep, but he also destroys death. No longer do we need fear our eternal future. The Lord has provided and defeated every obstacle in our way.

But we have to make our bed.

Gospel

Jesus makes certain what is expected of those who profess Christ.

Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.

And it all starts with making your bed. I suppose the spiritual sense of making your bed is prayer. Don’t you think? Asking for help to keep going forward is the way.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

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