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The Bulletin Insert Sunday 20th September,2015 Welcoming Like Children

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 20th September 2015

Welcoming Like Children Mark 9:30-37, James 3:13-4:8

 

 

20It’s a tough choice to give up personal power and self-interest in favour of the common good, because most people are self-centred and put their own interests, and the interests of those they love, ahead of the interests of the others outside the family or friendship circles. But this is the way that Christ calls us to follow him – the way of peace, service, humility, grace and love.

In every community there are those who learn to “work the system” for their own benefit. Sometimes this is done maliciously, but often it is done with simple ignorance or neglect of the needs of those more deserving, such as the poor, voiceless and powerless.

It may come as a shock to discover that, at various times, we are the oppressed and at other times the oppressor. We don’t always realise it at the time.

When Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow him, it means that we give up any desire to be the greatest at others’ expense. It means walking in the shoes of others, so we can truly understand their needs. Then we are more able to help them have their needs met effectively.

Sometimes this means becoming an advocate for those who are powerless – becoming the voice in the wilderness that cries for justice on their behalf. Not always a convenient or popular choice. But Jesus didn’t ask us to follow him at our convenience.

Adapted from http://sacredise.com/lectionary/2015/08/proper-20b-ordinary-25b-pentecost-17b/#more-532

 

 

 

James 3:13 – 4:8

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

41Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 2You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 4Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, “God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

Mark 9:30-37

30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”