Faith Daily | 6 June 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 522
O God, who taught the hearts of your faithful people
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things,
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the same Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 5: 1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Rev'd Jan
What a wonderful Pentecost celebration we enjoyed yesterday, the activation of the Holy Spirit was truly in force. There was a real sense of community, and our identity as Christian in that – and hospitality and good cheer, lovely. In our worship time, the scriptures and teaching focused on that unity, the unity that can only be found in Christ, and the wonderful promises he has made for us all – I will never leave you alone; I am always with you; because I live you also will live; my peace I give to you which means your hearts do not ever need to be troubled. All of this wrapped up in the passage from John’s Gospel, Chapter 14, “if you love me, you will keep my commandments.” To celebrate the birth of the Christian church in this way was affirming and uplifting.
And now, today, the rubber hits the road. The Gospel today is perhaps Christ’s most challenging teaching, with such a radical call to non-conformity. Everything we think we know about God is turned upside down; and how on earth do we aspire to be able to be blessed in those ways?
So we need to remember the teaching Christ gave the night before he died as he encouraged his disciples. The teaching we heard yesterday in the Gospel….
“the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”
We don’t have to aspire (or struggle) with the Word of God – when we love Jesus, and we open ourselves to his Spirit, he will partner with us in living out his teaching, and becoming his presence in the world. Thank God.
FINAL PRAYER APBA P 622
neither death nor life can separate us from your love:
grant we may serve you faithfully here on earth,
and in heaven rejoice with all your saints
who ceaselessly proclaim your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.