Well we’re back…in the full swing of the new school year, so much so that last week I didn’t have the breathing space to write on the first theme of the year, humility. So I am aiming to do two things.
- Make a commitment to find the time and space to write a blog reflection each week on our theme for each week. It is good to stop, think and pray.
- Look to see if I can offer a 2 for 1 deal by reflecting on the theme of this week, discipleship and link it to humility…
So I will try and keep it simple… if we are serious about faith we are challenged to reflect and follow the example of Jesus in some small way.
Jesus didn’t seek out the good and the great to follow Him but simply invited “normal people” to come and follow Him – this is a call for all of us too. After living alongside Jesus they still made very human mistakes by denying their faith, arguing with one another and failing to understand Jesus’s message for them, most in fact deserting Him at His time of need. This humanity in discipleship should reassure us that it is a message for us too and not an impossible ideal.
If they were to serve or live out their faith Jesus taught them to be humble and simple in their service to others. They were sent out into the world to spread the Good News of life, faith and hope. This forms the foundation of the Christian community, and St Paul’s as a school, in the world today.
In the Gospel account this week we hear how Jesus was criticised for spending time with Tax Collectors, seen as sinners in collecting money for the Romans as the occupiers. Nobody could trust them as they gathered taxes for the enemy often creaming off a cut for themselves. He explained that God celebrates the return of anyone comes back to Him and in fact searches them out. Jesus goes on to teach some of the accounts found in Luke’s Gospel on “Lost and Found”. This includes the lost sheep, lost coin and in one account the lost son.
What does this tell us? Put simply God loves us and God forgives us. If I was asked to summarise all of Jesus’s teaching I would use simply two words – love and forgiveness. Sounds a good starting point for us to sign up and give discipleship a go.
A few thoughts for the academic year ahead;
- What can we do to listen to God’s plan for us and become disciples?
- How can we share faith by being Gospel (Good News) people?
- How can we seek out those who are lost and offer love and forgiveness to those around us?
If we can live our lives in this way I believe we will make our community at St Paul’s a better place but also be a shining light of faith to the world around us. Let’s ask God to guide an bless us on this incredible journey.