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Faith Daily | 12 October 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p591

Almighty God,

in your wisdom you have so ordered our earthly life

that we must walk by faith and not by sight:

give us such trust in your fatherly care

that in the face of all perplexities

we may give proof of our faith by the courage of our lives;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 11: 42-46


42 ‘But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practised, without neglecting the others. 43Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the market-places. 44Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.’

45 One of the lawyers answered him, ‘Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.’ 46And he said, ‘Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.


GOSPEL REFLECTION: Pamela Davey


We probably all know a good lawyer joke.


A lawyer dies and goes to Heaven. "There must be some mistake," the lawyer argues. "I'm too young to die. I'm only 55." "Fifty-five?" says Saint Peter. "No, according to our calculations, you're 82." "How'd you get that?" the lawyer asks. Answers St. Peter, "We added up your time sheets."


In this passage, the condemnation of legalism is similar to Matthew’s in Chapter 23. Jesus is emphasising that they are not getting the point. Our faith is not about following the letter of the law (as in some organised religions), but hearing the word of God and keeping it (11:27-28). (Ideas from Richard Rohr – The Good News According to Luke).


FINAL PRAYER Flowing Free - David Adam


The love of God

Flowing free

The love of God

Flow out through me.

The peace of God

Flowing free

The peace of God

Flow out through me.

The life of God

Flowing free

The life of God

Flow out through me

Amen.

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