Faith Daily | 21 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: 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: Contributed by: Rev'd Jan
This statement of Jesus would not go down well in the discussions for Christmas celebrations between families – the tension has already begun for this year, I am aware! When you think about it, being a sibling to Jesus Christ would have been rather challenging. I wonder what they thought of him, and this kind of utterance…. Did they ‘get it’, or think he was a weirdo… or get hurt and wonder about their brother. His mother, on the other hand, would presumably have taken it into the wisdom she was accruing about this son of hers – although I don’t think anything would have prepared her for standing at the foot of his cross, watching him die a severely painful and shameful death. The burdens mothers’ bear….
For those of us who followed after the resurrection, including his disciples, the reality of being recognised by Jesus as his ‘true family’ in our Christian faith and actions is encouraging and aspirational. Mind you, there are two actions here… “hear the word of God” …. And “do it”. Both are fraught with risk – the way we listen, and then interpretation of what the doing actually looks like. As a faith community, the risk is compounded – belonging to the church as a whole means there are several layers of listening, and many more resultant actions of interpretation.
However, that’s ok. We trust the Holy Spirit to bring us the will of God, and trust in the forgiveness of Christ in our human working out of that will. God looks to the heart – to the purity of intention, and the willingness to love beyond self. We are all family in his love.
FINAL PRAYER: Rev'd Jan
You learn everything in family.
Life and unevenness
Love and dismay
Ego and sufferance
Humility and shame.
Putting up with other’s warts
and recognising tolerance of your own.
The expansion of forgiveness
and the narrowness of pride.
Above all the sharing,
the common meal
the thick blood that is eternal.
Thank you Jesus Christ
for including me in your family.
My prayer is that I will live
to your expectation.