Saturday 11 January 2020
1 John 5:14-21. Psalm 149:1-6, 9. John 3:22-30.
The Lord takes delight in his people – Psalm 149:1-6, 9
“We also know that the Son of God has come.”
Once upon a time a monastery got tired and jaded, and the monks became rude both to themselves and to visitors. One day, a wise old Jewish rabbi who lived nearby came to the Abbott with a suggestion: one among the monks was actually the Messiah! The monks suddenly changed in their behaviour to one another; they wanted to offer their best to the Messiah whoever he was. None of them ever found out, but from then on the monastery was a peaceful and welcoming place, full of service and love. Today’s reading says that ‘anyone begotten by God does not sin,’ but perhaps we could read that as ‘anyone who truly knows they are begotten by God will act accordingly.’ When we believe that Christ has come among us then our faith will grow and will become clearer in our actions. Like John the Baptist we ourselves will look like Christ and will be able to step aside to rejoice in his coming.