Faith Daily | 20 September 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - 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: 19-21
19Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 21But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Debbie Pringle writing from Canada!
When Jesus had visited his home town of Nazareth soon after His baptism, He had been rejected and the people in the synagogue had tried to kill Him by throwing Him off a cliff. Today’s passage happened sometime later, still early in His ministry. John 7:45 tells us that at this time His brothers did not believe in Him. Mark’s account of the visit records the reason for it; they had heard that He had lost His mind and they wanted to take Him away. At this point Jesus’ earthly family didn’t understand who He was and were trying to put a stop to His work.
Today’s gospel reading comes just after The Parable of the Sower. Tom Wright says that it would have been better named The Parable of the Soils. In his book, Luke for Everyone, he writes that the people sitting around Jesus and listening to Him, are like the seed sown on good soil. He says that the kingdom is even more important than the claims of family (and family was extremely important to Jewish people). Jesus is like the most caring family person you can imagine, who nevertheless knows that hearing and doing God’s word is even more important.
Christians are all part of God’s family. God is our Father and Jesus our brother! How amazing!
And we have more Christian brothers and sisters than it is possible to count.
FINAL PRAYER “Brother, sister, let me serve you” TiS650 Richard Gillard
Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.
We are pilgrims on a journey
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.