Faith Daily 12th September 2020

FAITH DAILY

Collect for the Week
O God,
you know us to be set in the midst
of so many and so great dangers
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
grant to us such strength and protection
as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen APBA p.579

GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 6: 43 – 49

‘No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

‘Why do you call me “Lord, Lord”, and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.’

GOSPEL Reflection : Contributed by Rev’d Jan

Confronting as always. Here you are, Jesus is beside you, looking into your very being, and asking…. ‘how is your fruit today?’. Good fruit…. Or bad fruit?

It is an every-day question – as in, he asks us every day. What has your heart produced today? We just can’t get away with ‘false evidence’. Jen Bradbury and I were talking about how we present who we are for God yesterday. I told her of the time I visited a parish and they served International Roast coffee for morning tea (it doesn’t even deserve capitals). Anyway; I said, “oh this is what you have at home, is it?” The parishioners looked shock; “of course not”. “Oh, I said, best practice for God then.”

Luke’s Gospel is known as the Gospel of Jesus at meals, practising hospitality and generosity. Most especially, welcoming those who the world doesn’t necessarily welcome… and how he was criticised for having the low life at his table! But that is best practice for God! All are welcome, we prepare for everything as though he is there – and he is.

My sister Pamela, whom we call the Angel of Hospitality, always has a groaning table, a wonderful table of bountiful food, colour and deliciousness. She would never comprise on hospitality, no matter who she was feeding. How blessed are we to have such generosity in the family! And the wider community. (If you are coming to SpiritLife tomorrow you will receive a sample of her culinary generosity 😊)

Best practice for our God. Be of good fruit.

FINAL PRAYER
May we be good fruit today
-for you Jesus Christ.
So to do that we need to be good trees
-for you Jesus Christ.
May our actions this day be of generosity,
hospitality, love and care
-for you Jesus Christ.
At the end of each day may we reflect
and be able to say…
I lived best practice for you, God, today.
Amen.