Thought for today
Date:
8th April 2018
Time:
9:00
Description:
James' introduction to todays readings.



Introduction

An essential element of the way of life of a Christian is to be part of a living, worshiping, serving community, bound together in the love of Jesus. A model of such a community is offered to us in our first reading. Such an arrangement of community served the church well in its early days, and has since manifested in Christian Religious Communities like the Sisters of Hyning. But given the circumstances of ordinary life, a community like that outlined in Acts would not prove practical for the majority of Christians in the long term. But the same principles of love, unity, support, learning, witnessing and sacrificial sharing should apply in the many diverse ways that churches have organised over the centuries. Part of the danger of withdrawal from the community of faith, which is common for western Christians today, is that faith remains fixed and sterile, and absentees miss opportunities to grow. This was the situation with Thomas, who for some reason was absent, and missed the life changing experience of the risen Lord. This proved a huge learning experience for him. Thomas rejoined the group and the following Sunday brought a revelation to Thomas that changed him and his life. In our worship here this morning may we meet with our risen Lord and his help to be a living, worshiping, serving community, bound together in the love of Jesus.



Reflection



If the risen Lord Jesus came and stood amongst us, what would he be glad to find? What would he be sad to find? What would you say to him? What would he say to us?

If he came into your home and stood with you, what would he be glad to find? What would he be sad to find? What would you say to him? What would he say to you?





 

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