“Have you understood all this?”
This question, asked by Jesus of his audience in
today’s Gospel reading, is one which I am sure has struck fear in the hearts of many a school child.
The “saving face” answer is, of course “Yes” whether or not it has been understood and pray teacher doesn’t ask you to explain. However, what does “understood” mean here? In what way “understood?” In the heart or in the head, or at all?
Jesus invites a response first and foremost to our hearts in acceptance of Him and the gospel. Then that the challenge of trying to make sense of it for us and our time begins. We do this together to discern what it means for us, singular and plural.
Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
1 Kings 3.5-12;
Cycle of Prayer
Our bishops: David, Mark and Mark
Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Pray for those responsible for preparing the Lambeth Conference, due to be taking place now – as they consider the implications of its postponement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Porvoo Communion: Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lithuania; Church of Ireland:
Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.
All Saints; St Wilfrid’s;
Briscoe Lane Academy; Christ the King;
Co-op Academy Broadhurst;
Oldham Blue Coat; Trinity High School;
North Ridge High School; St Ambrose College.
Coleridge Street, Coltness Walk,
Book of Remembrance:
Alan Stirrup; Lucy Cunningham;
Thomas Johnson; Mavis Matthews;
William Atherton; Herbert Jones
Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life, ever giving himself that the world may live: may we so receive within ourselves the power of his death and passion
that, in his saving cup, we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Rectory: 0161 219 1807