Wednesday 13 September 2017
St John Chrysostom.
Colossians 3:1-11. Psalm 144(145):2-3, 10-13. Luke 6:20-26.
The Lord is compassionate to all his creatures — Psalm 144(145):2-3, 10-13.
‘Rejoice and dance for joy.’
Jesus, your words are both comforting yet disturbing. You promise much but the price seems high. You seem to regard security, self-sufficiency and material comfort as dangers. You invite us to be like you but also to be like those who first followed you, unencumbered, eager to be filled and renewed by you.
Often in the gospels you are found amidst a crowd of people, many of them desperate to touch you in the hope of a cure.
Your disciples were there because like the crowd they needed you. You were already everything to them—their hope, their future, their way to God. Would they have been with you, Lord, if their lives were full and satisfying or if they were self-sufficient and immune from the world’s troubles?
Lord Jesus, help me to be part of that crowd, one of those who seek to touch and be touched by you.
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