Sunday 28th June 2020
This half term the Christian Value is perseverance so, over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you some bible stories which give good examples. We are all having to persevere through this time of isolation but, like with these stories, we have faith and it is this which will bring us out of the tunnel smiling.
Trust Forgiveness Peace Thankfulness Compassion Friendship Love Hope
Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Reflection 28th June 2020
Jeremiah 28. 5-9
Matthew 10. 40-end
Holy, Holy, Holy. It is not that long since we celebrated Trinity Sunday. We often do things in threes in the church. Ministerial training is often three years in college, then three years in our curacy. It is three years ago today that I led my first service in this benefice. My life has been in blocks of three years for the past decade nearly.
Things have changed while I have been here, but this change is largely temporary. COVID 19 shut our churches but we are now in a position in which we can look to entering our church buildings again. After three years in the benefice there may be a new beginning. How do I and how should we all look to the future? We are given two examples in today’s Bible readings.
Jeremiah the Old Testament prophet shows that it is easy to be destructive, he says: ‘The prophets who preceded me prophesised war, famine, and pestilence against many countries. As for the prophet who prophesises peace, when the word of that prophet comes true then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet’. Jeremiah speaks of all the prophets who have spoken of destruction, have given threats have come to nothing, those who speak of peace are from God. Prophets who spoke of hate against others witnessed the exile of Judah and its humiliation in Babylon. The prophet of peace will be sent from God.
Jesus tells us: ‘whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me’. ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me’; this works both ways, we must also welcome. We are to be welcoming, welcome one another as though we were welcoming the Lord himself. It is in that act of seeing Christ in the face of one another that we can be faithful to God. It is an act of acceptance, of welcoming and of giving people the benefit of doubt. A simple act that brings us closer to God.
Peace and welcoming are the two examples we are given today. Show peace and welcome others. It is a good way to start a new beginning, and a good way of going forward.