Faith Daily | 20 September 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p583
whose Son Jesus Christ has taught us
that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters
we do also for him:
give us the will to be the servant of others
as he was the servant of all,
who gave up his life and died for us,
and yet lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 8: 16-18
16 ‘No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. 18Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.’
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Cheryl Courtice
My high school motto was “Let your light shine.” Initially I thought that sounded a bit showy…imagining someone walking around in a blaze of light saying “Look at me! Look at me!”
However, with age, experience and education I realised that improving my relationship with God was like plugging into a power point. Suddenly there was light so I could look, see and show. When I wandered too far from God my light would unplug and go out.
Now I love the imagery of God shining through me to others, while we all look, see, show and understand… that no secrets will be hidden. I may try to hide things for myself and from others, but I can hide nothing from God. I also see that there is no standing still in life. All the time we are either going forward or going back. Those who seek will always find; but those who stop seeking will lose even what they have. This give new meaning to the quote from Meredith Scott-McMahon’s recent reflection ‘None so blind as those who will not see.’
So, help me God to shine for you, always proud to show my true colours. Amen.
FINAL PRAYER: Desmond Tutu
Goodness is stronger than evil;
love is stronger than hate;
light is stronger than darkness;
life is stronger than death;
victory is ours through him who loves us.