Wednesday 2 October 2019
Nehemiah 2:1-8. Psalm 136(137):1-6. Luke 9:57-62.
Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you! – Psalm 136(137):1-6
‘Your duty is to go and spread the news of the Kingdom of God’
Our readings today are not the brightest, but they all challenge us to properly value God and the work he calls us to and to asses our priorities in light of this. In our first reading and Psalm we hear of the sorrow of the Jewish people in exile over Jerusalem and the Temple, both the key sites of their closeness to God. Their mourning, and commitment to rebuilding these should cause us to reflect on how we value this closeness.
Jesus escalates things and brings them to a point. He calls us to be anxious to be near to him, with all the discomfort that will bring. Equally he asks that we follow him and proclaim his kingdom, which is nothing less than the invitation to an intimate relationship with him. His hyperbolic language cuts through our tendency to allow other concerns to crowd him and this task out.