“We are the Easter people, and Alleluia is our song.” If anything could sum up Bloom's time through the season of Easter, I hope it’s that quote from Saint Augustine that Melissa included in her message this past weekend. This weekend was all about the ascension of Christ and the disciples being empowered to continue the work that Jesus started on the earth after he’s gone. It’s about a community of people who are weak, uneducated screw-ups who are given authority by Jesus to do some incredible things—the same authority that has been give to us, Bloom, as a community of resurrected, Jesus-seeking people. Melissa challenged us to be like the disciples, faithfully going in unity with those who know and love Christ to point people to what it means to know and love Christ. As we move into the season of Pentecost this next week, my prayer is that we as a church community will be filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit, unified in our mission to love people and bring the light of the kingdom of God to the darkest places in our city. Sometimes it seems like I need a wake-up call like the disciples who were just sitting and staring as Jesus ascended to the clouds. “why do you stand there looking up toward heaven?” I wonder if it would be an effective motivation technique for an angel to come and kick my butt into gear and move me into action, instead of just waiting for things to happen. I think instead, we’re called like the disciples to move toward something that is bigger than ourselves. To be bound together in love, as Paul says in Colossians 3:14 and to seek the unity of Christ that Melissa so lovingly and gently pushed us toward. “We are the Easter people, and Alleluia is our song.” Let that be our mantra as we continue on, because there’s nothing and no one more unifying than Jesus, and there’s nothing more empowering than the Spirit, "which he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:6). So, let’s make it our mission, Bloom, to work together for the good of our community and the Kingdom to love God and love people as Jesus taught us.
Peace be with you,
PS: If you’d like to watch the interview of Cardinal Tagle that Melissa spoke of in her message, or any of the other talks from the Alpha Leadership Conference our Staff experienced last month in London, go to http://alpha.org/lc/talks.