July 28

Reflection

 How many times do we see ourselves and our political or religious leaders finding the message of Jesus too demanding to be heard?  It is easier to ridicule those who listen and are changed.  To change our own ways, our own structures and our own privileges is just too frightening to be a consideration.  We go back into our own comfortable space and shut the doors of our ears and our spirits.

Prayer

Speak Lord, your servant is listening.

Action

I will look into my own life and see where I have refused to let Christ’s message move me. What can I do to help myself hear and act on his words?

Suggested Reading

So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed. Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them”Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.” They went each to his own house.
John 7:40 -53

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

One can believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ and feel no personal loyalty to him at all – indeed, pay no attention whatever to his commandments and his will for one’s life.
Catherine Marshall 

Those who teach by their doctrine must teach by their life, or else they pull down with one hand what they build up with the other. —
Matthew Henry

The Christian ideal has not been found tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and left untried.
GK Chesterton

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