Today’s Reading: Luke 3:1-22 (additional reading: Psalm 61:1-8 & Proverbs 11:16-17 )
My cousin’s son loves carrying around his stuffed Winne-the-Pooh, everything he does, Pooh Bear does. Yesterday in church he even gave a verse. As I read stories of Winne the Pooh I found Pooh bear to be at the mercy of his surroundings. For example, in one story, Pooh bear comes down the stairs bump, bump bump on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin It is as far as he knows the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way if only he would stop bumping for a moment and think of it.
In the same way, many of us go through life, bumping our heads against the brick walls of our own brokenness and despair wondering how we might change, but never quite succeeding in that change. Many of us are our own Pooh bears not enjoying life, but not knowing how to change or shift the direction of our lives. We go along bruising, bumping ourselves wishing life would change, but not stopping long enough to think about how we might change or shift the direction of life.
As one of the great radio commentators used to begin each broadcast many years, ago with” I’ve got good news tonight.” Today I can say the same thing to each of you as you live your Pooh bear existence, I’ve got good news for you. There is a hope and promise of better thing to come in your life. Yes, no matter how desperate, how low, how depressing your life is, no matter how direction-less life seems, I have good news for you. That good news is Jesus Christ loves you and has made you a member of his family by the waters of baptism and because of that, there is hope, there is a promise of better things to come in your life.
In today’s readying we can understand more about baptism. One thing about our baptism is that it gives us equal responsible to each other as we walk the journey of faith . “Once there were 3 people caught in a boat adrift a. sea. Unfortunately, they could not get along with each other. So they divided the boat in 3 sections and each one could decorate his section as he chose. The first person like the colour yellow and painted his section yellow. The second person liked flowered wallpaper, so he papered his section, But when the third person, who loved bubbling water fountains, began drilling holes in the boat’s floor, the other two stopped him cold.”
People say “My actions, my lifestyle is my personal business”, yet when that lifestyle affects the church, then the community has a responsibility to ask me to change. Because we have been culled through our Baptism to a community life, we then become responsible for each other in the community. In a sense, I am responsible for your life in faith just as you are responsible for my life in faith. We are to help each other to live better and stop bumping our heads along the way of life.