Saturday, January 12, 2008

Signs of the covenant

Readings for Sunday 27th January 2008 the Third Sunday after Epiphany (Year A) can be taken from Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, & Matthew 4:12-25

The early disciples got a curious glimpse of something different:
what it might be like to follow Jesus.
For two thousand years people have got a glimpse of the same thing.
For some it has been very clear
for some it has been a gradual realisation

The question we ask ourselves today is
what makes me a disciple of Jesus?
Why do I follow, what do I seek to be and do?
You may remember that last week's question was:
What are you looking for?
This is what Jesus asks those who pursue him.
The two questions are not unrelated

But the mature realisation of the disciple is that it is not a job description
rather it is an invitation to a relationship
This is not unlike a marriage
I could be tempted when preparing a couple
to say "This what a husband does"
and "This is what a wife does"
as if it were some sort of job description
(this is, incidentally, why some people get Paul's teaching about marriage all skew-whiff,
they mistake his comments about the nature of mutual relationship as  a role descriptor for spouses!)
in reality what is important is not the job that we do
as a spouse
or as a disciple
but the sort of relationship we have.
With each other, and with God

This week
  • You might reflect whether the idea of having a relationship with Jesus is one that works for you
  • How might you deepen that relationship, or (perhaps) discover what it means?
  • Pray for yourself and your friends that you may have beeter relationships.

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