June 2020

7th June                             Trinity Sunday                             Matthew 28 v. 16 – 20

Meanwhile, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

As Jesus was about to leave this world, He gave a final instruction to  His disciples,  “ Go into the world and make all men my disciples.”  They (and we ) have been commanded to reach out to all people to tell them what God has done for them through the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.  We now call it Evangelism or Mission and, as Christians we must find ways of doing that.  St. Paul travelled all over Asia Minor and into Europe  with enthusiasm and commitment   If he hadn't, the Good News might never have reached us!  It is our job in our day to carry on his mission.  However, we do not have to travel anywhere.  We are surrounded by people wherever we are now who do not know just how much God loves them and what He has done for them.   We do not need to be preachers in the way St. Paul and St. Peter were   -  they were given that particular gift.  The important thing was that they used that gift.  Others of us have  gifts  and we must use them for our own contribution to Christian Evengelism. 

What ways have we got of reaching out to others to show them ?  The Church has designated a year called Thy Kingdom come.  Can you choose a few friends or neighbours, pray for them and show them God's love in the way you feel is best for you?

 

14th June                               Trinity 1                                   Matthew 9 v.36  - 10v. 4

When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.”  And calling His twelve disciples to Him, Jesus gave them authority over unclean spirits, so that they could drive them out and heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

We hear today of the beginning of Jesus' earthly ministry.  He chose twelve men to  help Him, but also to learn from Him.  They would be called to continue His work after He had left this world.  Jesus saw the lives the people led - with no hope because they did not know about God's Kingdom.  So He set about teaching them through His words and His actions.  He also told His disciples to pray for more helpers to do God's work on earth.  As we heard last week, we too are called to continue His work in our day.  Jesus'example showed that we must start, as He did  by accepting people as they are and leading them gradually forward as they learn to know God better.  ( It doesn't help people to know God by teaching them through the words of our Creed!! )

How do we find out where our friends and neighbours are, in their knowledge of God?  ( It may take time, but it's worth it! )

 

21st June                           Trinity 2                               Matthew 10 v, 24 – 39

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! So do not be afraid of them. For there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known.  What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven.  But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven. Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me;  and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

Some people give the impression that once we have become committed to following Jesus, everything will be easy!  Not so!  It is challenging.  Jesus was honest from the beginning.  Following Him is not always easy, He warned, but we need not fear.  He promised to send His Holy Spirit to guide and support us through the challenging times.  “I will not leave you comfortless.”  He said, if we trust Him and commit our lives to following Him, we shall find the joy of doing so.

What do you find hard about following Jesus?

What helps you when things are challenging?

 

28th June                         Trinity 3                             Matthew 10 v. 40 = end.

He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives the One who sent Me.  Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.  And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward.”

Last week we thought about the challenges we might experience when we become committed to following Jesus.  This week we read how Jesus told His disciples that the challenges are matched by even more wonderful promises He makes to all who accept Him and follow Him.  Jesus will “own Us before His Father when we meet Him on Heaven”.  He said that everything we do for our fellow human beings here on earth, we do for God Himself.  This is a very profound statement and if it is accepted by us as individuals and by Churches, it could enhance the course of our mission in the world.

Can we truly believe that everything we do for others, we do for God?

Can that become so much part of our lives that who we are and what we do become the essential part of work for God?

    
 




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