“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. Matthew 5 : 1 - 3
Bible reading : Matthew 5 : 1 - 12
Thought for the week
As we come to more difficult days ahead, today is All Saints as we celebrate the faith we share with our brothers and sisters across the world, and those who have believed in and followed Jesus through the ages.
In our Gospel reading Jesus speaks into our time, how being the saints involves doing as well as being. We are immersed in the challenges of this time as people of faith, people of compassion, people who look to the faithfulness and hope in the Lord that He alone brings.
Jesus tells us we are called to be poor in Spirit, pointing to Jesus alone for hope. To mourn the state of our world that has fallen into such chaos. To live out our faith meekly, without arrogance and with time for everyone, and to hunger and thirst after Truth and the way back to the Lord. We are called to be merciful especially to those in need, and to be the people who are pure in heart, and not self – seeking. Also and perhaps most challenging to be bringers of Jesus’ peace into the lives and homes of those around us.
So we are called to hold fast to our faith in Jesus, even though that may involve persecution. So we are all called to be the saints who reveal Jesus’ abiding presence and His everlasting love for this world.
Prayer for this week
We are not people of fear
We are people of courage
We are not people who protect our own safety
We are people who protect our neighbours’ safety
We are not people of greed
We are people of generosity
We are your people God
Giving and loving
Wherever we are, whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
Wherever you call us.
(from The Methodist Church)