- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
- Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24
- Hebrews 11:103, 8-16
- Luke 12:32-40
The writer of this letter to the Hebrews shows that faith in God leads to action. If we trust in God, we can move forward in life. Do you have faith in God’s care for you? How can you show that you trust in God? Is God calling you to a deeper faith? How? What forward step can you take that, without faith in God, would be more difficult or impossible for you?
If you read this Gospel again carefully, you will discover that Jesus is comparing himself to a thief! Just as we would “watch out” for a thief, so we must “watch out” for the coming of the Lord. One saint said of Jesus, “He steals our hearts!” However, we must be clear: Jesus always respects our freedom. We can say yes or no when he comes. The question is: When Jesus comes, will you want to keep your door closed, or open it up wide? Are you going to wait until the end of time to welcome Jesus, or can you begin today? How?A Reflective Prayer May we give our hearts to faith, O God our minds, yes, our intellect, yes, our thought, yes, but also our hearts all that is deep down in ourselves and beats with life may we give our hearts to faith. And may we have eyes to see that faith alive in the world renew us and reshape us that we can name that faith love call us and provoke us that we can name that faith justice transform us and mould us that we can name that faith peace and our lives become real like heaven is real to those without homes and like resurrection is real to those without freedom and like bread and wine are real to those who live in hunger may we give our hearts to faith all that is in us that beats with life to your call in us to transform and renew this world beyond this place faith that speaks into silence with words of hope that sings the song that has been taken from others that touches what the world has left untouched for too long that protests when the world prefers the boat not to rock that irritates with truth the propaganda of power that commits to the long term what others have passed over May we give our hearts to faith In Jesus name So be it Amen (from the Church of Scotland)