Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Are we grumblers?

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
Susanne Timpani (No.73)     

He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue;

and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands!  

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense[a] at him. 

 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” 

 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them.  And he marveled because of their unbelief.

And he went about among the villages teaching.(Mark 6:1-6)

Public speaking isn't my favorite activity but it's something that my work does require of me at times. I usually manage to wing it so that I appear confident. The hardest place for me to speak though is in front of people I'm most closest to. That's when my voice cracks and legs go wobbly. The fear is unfounded because those people are often eager to listen, and rarely pass judgement.

Unfortunately for Jesus, He did find that those closest to Him were ready to judge and ridicule Him. Sadly, this became an inhibitor for Him to carry out His ministry amongst them. They were the ones to miss out because of their lack of respect and faith.

Are there situations in our own life when we fail to acknowledge the giftedness of people around us? How easy it is to grumble about the faults of the very people we live and work, and even worship with! 

Have we become so comfortable in our own relationship with Jesus that we no longer have faith that He can create change in our lives?

Jesus challenges us, Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? (Mark 8:18)

Let us hold fast to our first love, (Revelation2:4) so that we continue to find God's presence in our lives.

And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9)

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
Susanne Timpani

Next Reflection: Malcolm Davies  Friday 6th February, 2015