The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork…
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness…
How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire…
…”If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
We had wide ranging teaching from the group which included the idea that taking up your cross begins with a daily surrender to the way of Christ which may bring us troubles. Anger and contempt are our natural weapons but not the way of Christ; we need to be militant in doing what is right without straying into accusation and blame.
We also shared how profoundly we had been affected by the teaching of some and how what to them was an idea or a certainty became a test of faith which ultimately destroys a person’s walk with God. The Spirit brings life and melts hearts so that we are cleansed and walk true to the light that shines in each of us. This is the way.
The word for us was “life”; the newness of the revelation of Christ that sustains us in the day; the precious presence we cannot do without.
I believe the following excerpt from Richard Rohr’s CONSPIRE 2018: Iona Liturgy Homily has an important message for us as we embark on a mid-week prayer meeting at the chapel with a period of 20 minutes silent prayer each Wednesday starting at 8pm and finishing at around 8:40pm.