Faith Daily | 12 December 2020
PRAYER of the Week| ADVENT TWO: APBA p.466
who sent your messenger John the Baptist
to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:
give us grace to heed his warning and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with the joy the coming of our Redeemer,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 17: 10-13
10And the disciples asked him, ‘Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ 11He replied, ‘Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; 12but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.’ 13Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.
14 When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, 15and said, ‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.’ 17Jesus answered, ‘You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.’
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Rev'd Josie
Elijah, John and Jesus. All mentioned in the same short passage. What is it about these men that makes them so compelling yet frightening?
Ultimately, all three were inflamed with an ardent love of God, at once enormously attractive yet profoundly disturbing to those whose love is less certain or whose fear has overtaken it. All three were people of deep and powerful silence whose words, when uttered, seared the soul. All three were people of mystery, most at home in the solitude of the desert, whose public lives were anything but obscure. In themselves they personify both the interiority of prayer and the exteriority of action. The source was, of course, one and the same: that passionate, intimate relationship each had with God. All three were filled with such love that fear can not co-exist with.
I have plenty of fear. I am afraid of failure, of hurting people, of ‘getting it wrong’. I am afraid of being ‘found out’ to be an imposter, of being found unworthy by those around me. But when I remind myself of the deep and profound love of Christ, my fear starts to subside.
May our advent be so full of love there is no room for fear.
FINAL PRAYER: I prayed this last night at the Parish Council dinner ….. Rev’d Jan
God of creation, source of all being,
our hearts are full of thanks in this moment
even as we come to the conclusion of a most challenging year,
a year of terrible happenings that are still part of this world.
Our gratitude is always firstly that Jesus says, yes,
I want to be part of your lives.
Our gratitude is for this faith community where people
say yes, we want to be here and work out together how to
live loving God, and loving neighbour.
Our gratitude is for the beautiful sites and churches of this parish that so
many faithful people have cared for over the decades.
Our gratitude is for the leadership of this faith community,
the commitment, time and generosity of self that ensures
we do best practice for you God, for each other, and for the community.
And now we give thanks for the food before us,
in the awareness that our lives are bountiful in so many ways.
Help us always to keep this in the context of it not being so for so many.
We say thank you God;
Remain with us always Jesus the Christ.
And may the Advent spirit of hope, peace, joy and love
keep stirring us into God’s possibilities.