Faith Daily | 22 January 2021
PRAYER of the WEEK Epiphany Two
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: 13-19
13 He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. 14And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, 15and to have authority to cast out demons. 16So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Then he went home;.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Cheryl Courtice
I read recently, in the New Lion Handbook to the Bible (p21), that “Reading the Bible is like receiving an invitation to a party - it seeks our response!”
In our reading today there is another invitation from Jesus to “those whom he wanted” to be with him and to be his representatives.
An invitation to a purpose that involves God’s Kingdom and has eternal ramifications.
An invitation to listen, and hear his call.
An invitation to accept his appointed assignment, as his representative, in our different roles in life.
An invitation to let him train us, as we follow his example and advice.
An invitation to go out, confidently and bravely, and be an example for others and to spread his message…to be his ambassadors.
An invitation to let him empower and equip us.
An invitation to begin/continue our “journey to God…that can be an experience of oneness; you can get taken to the oneness that is all around you, that is part of life…an experience of love…” (Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee p32 The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey.
Someone once said, “Our problem with following Jesus is that we are trying to be a better version of us, rather than a more accurate reflection of Him. Following Jesus is not about being a better you, because you have to die to yourself, it’s about being more like Him. He must increase and you must decrease. Part of that decreasing includes Jesus calling you, appointing you, training you, sending you and empowering you.”
This last quote makes me feel amazingly liberated. There are so many things I SHOULD do to become a better person. When I CHOOSE to ask “What would Jesus do?”…I often get directed somewhere completely different.
It’s a very exciting and permanent invitation.
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
FINAL PRAYER: We will sing this Sunday at Kenmore "The Summons"
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my Name be known? Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
Will you leave your self behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare? Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoner free and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen? And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
Will you love the 'You' you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
Christ, your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show, thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
John Bell (Iona Community, Scotland) CAL 1524