Faith Daily 16th October 2020

FAITH DAILY

Collect for the Week
Generous God,
whose hand is open
to fill all things living with plenteousness:
make us ever thankful for your goodness,
and grant that we, remembering the account
that we must one day give,
may be faithful stewards of your bounty;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen APBA p.588

GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 12: 1-7

Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered in thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.

‘I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

GOSPEL Reflection : Contributed by Mary Rose

Matthew is playing out the drama which will lead to Jesus’ arrest and death. Jesus is being pursued by the religious leaders looking for a reason to arrest him. This jostling crowd is almost menacing not quietly sitting on the grass listening to Jesus. He has already attacked the religious leaders; a dangerous scenario is unfolding!

Jesus takes this time to speak to his disciples for they too will be in danger. He must continue to prepare and strengthen them for what will follow. He first warns them of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. They have turned God’s law into legalism and much of their religious practice is an outward show. At the centre of the hypocrite is the failure of true goodness so beware! For true disciples what others see and hear must be determined , not by what others may think, but by what pleases God.

Jesus reminds them that it is God who has the authority to cast into hell. Hell or lasting damnation is a fearful concept not often spoken of these days. Jesus is our protection from being cast into hell. In perfect submission to God he died for us and our sins and rose again in glory. Jesus’ disciples have the promise of this providential love so death is not a pathway to hell.

Jesus also warns them not to fear those who can kill them as they are only capable of killing their body! Is it possible not to fear death especially if it is a frightening and painful one? Many of the disciples would face death and die as martyrs. Surely they took to heart what Jesus has told them and faced death fearlessly.

Nothing is hidden from God. Jesus uses the example of the detail in which God knows each one of us and our motives are clear. He cares for even the commonest little bird; how much more does he care for his people.

FINAL PRAYER Jim Cotter “Out of the Silence…. Into the Silence” p336

To those with power give wisdom,
the spirit of true understanding.

God of wisdom,
guide those in power with your Spirit of true counsel,
that they may discern the course that is just,
sacrificing themselves for the common good,
not only of their own country
but of the whole earth,
laying aside all pride of wealth and status.
And may we all find the courage to use well
whatever power we have.

To those with power give wisdom,
the spirit of true understanding.

Amen