Collect for the Week
O God, the protector of all that trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy,
that, with you as our ruler and guide,
we may so pass through things temporal
that we finally lose not the things eternal.
Grant this, O heavenly Father,
for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen APBA p.565
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 13: 54-58
He came to his home town and began to teach the people* in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?’ And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour except in their own country and in their own house.’ And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.
REFLECTION on the Gospel: contributed by Suzanne Claire
There is so much truth in these words of Jesus. People find it easier to acknowledge the gifts of others when they are not in their presence.
So, let’s give thanks for local Christians who do their usual jobs and also pass on the baton of faith. Christians can give a new voice and share their own story in another context…. like Christian Religious Education and other venues. We can uplift students and others in our difficult times with our different perspective . Let’s give thanks that with teaching about Jesus we can give hope and pass on God’s messages to us all. Also, we give thanks for the privilege of continuing CRI in our schools and supporting faith education for our primary school students.
FINAL PRAYER Graham Cook, “Bread of Tomorrow”
Wind of God, keep on blowing.
Sail over the barriers that we build
to divide ourselves from each other.
Pick up your seeds of freedom and truth
wherever they flourish,
carry them across frontiers to be planted in other soil,
to begin fresh growth and new forms.
Blow away the blinkers
which keep our eyes focused only on the past,
repeating its violence, deepening its divisions
and adding to its despair.
Reveal the new future you have in mind for us.
Word of Christ, keep on speaking
so that the peoples of earth
can speak your language to each other
and all can hear you in their own.
Speak peace where nations meet,
justice where ideas clash,
mercy where power reigns,
healing where minds and bodies hurt,
and love where churches seek your unity,
and wherever else Babel drowns out the sound of Pentecost.