Sunday, 22 March 2015

Custodians of Faith

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.92)    

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus.

And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honour him. 

"Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify thy name."

Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out; 

and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." He said this to show by what death he was to die.(John 12:20-33)

Green gas emissions, carbon waste, care for the environment and recycling are concepts familiar to most of us today. Our young people learn about these at school. Our politicians have them on their election campaigns. Caring for our world in the present ensures we have something of worth to pass on to our future generations.

Just as we are custodians of the world we inhabit, so too are we of our Faith. Jesus remains the King of Kings today because of the cross. Jesus predicted that only when He was ‘lifted up from the earth’ could He establish His kingdom. Surely this was a bazaar concept to His followers twenty generations ago?

'The cross is folly to the world but for those who have faith it is the power of God.' (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Jesus' Kingdom was not founded on the power and fame of the present. It has been sustained because its foundation is love. As recipients of God's love, we are not only commissioned, but privileged to pass it on.

We walk the earth for such a brief moment and have no power to change the heart of our fellow humans. Jesus tells us that He will draw all men to Himself. Jesus gave us the most powerful and yet most challenging example as to how to pass on our gift of faith; through love.

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.