Faith Daily | 20 January 2021

PRAYER of the WEEK Epiphany Two

Almighty God,

by whose grace alone we are accepted

and called to your service:

strengthen us by your Holy Spirit

and make us worthy of our calling;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


GOSPEL for the Day: Mark 3: 1-6

2Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ 4Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. 5He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Rev'd Jan

Yesterday’s Gospel reading of Jesus and the disciples in the grainfield on the Sabbath, and today’s expansion on his attitude to the Sabbath, are found in the three Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. (The Synoptic Gospels). Each have some difference in the telling – but the heart of the matter is this:

“The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath.”

The Sabbath Principle. We think of the shape of God’s creation masterpiece – and on the seventh day God rested, and created a definitive place of rest – of resting in God. The Hebrew derivative shabbath, meaning rest. The Jewish people have taken this principle to call their Sabbath Day from sunset Friday evening to sunset Saturday evening. For centuries the western church also has revered Sunday as their sabbath, day of rest.

The Sabbath Principle is essential in our knowing of God. It is not about a portion of our life being given to God. As priest and poet of the sixteenth century, George Herbert, wrote in his wonderful hymn “King of glory, King of peace”

Seven whole days, not one in seven,

I will praise thee

It is about our all, of ensuring that in all things we honour God, that in Jesus Christ is fulsome life. This relationship is our very breathing, our heartbeat, our immersion. Every day we live in the Sabbath Principle; we rest in God. Let the world sing! Our God and King!

FINAL PRAYER: George Herbert hymn "My God and King"

Let all the world in every corner sing:

My God and King!

The heavens are not too high,

his praise may thither fly;

the earth is not too low,

his praises there may grow.

Let all the world in every corner sing:

My God and King!

Let all the world in every corner sing:

My God and King!

The church with psalms must shout,

no door can keep them out;

but, above all, the heart

must bear the longest part.

Let all the world in every corner sing:

My God and King!


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