A Message From Our Kahu
“Blessings For All”
“Let the children come to me, and do not stop them,
for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” —Luke 18:16—
Throughout the Gospel of Luke, it is clear that God blessed all kinds of people: rich and poor, men and women, young and old, those who looked blessed and those who didn’t seem very blessed at all.
In Sunday’s reading, Luke tells us that “people were bringing even infants to Jesus”—in order that Jesus might bless them. This really bothered the disciples and didn’t make sense to the people standing around. After all, in their minds at least, people get blessed when they did something in order to deserve a blessing. However, throughout his entire ministry, Jesus taught that God blesses all of us—whether we think we do anything to deserve those blessings or not!
Our jobs is to gratefully receive those blessings and let them flow through us to others. Spiritual growth is stunted when those blessings get jammed up—in our thinking, our politics, our assumptions regarding economics, even our religious interpretations and understandings. Let us examine ourselves to see where blessings might get jammed up, remove whatever it is that keeps us from receiving or from sharing…and let the blessings flow!
Aloha nui loa!
Kahu Alan Akana