Risk v Reward?

3 Jul 2016 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Risk v Reward?

Inspirational-2(Resized)A theme which can be found in all three of today’s Scripture readings seems to be that of trials/tests followed by reward, which sounds very much like the basic predicament of Christian life.

So, in the first reading, the prophet Isaiah is asking his listeners to recognize that after their many trials while in exile, they will now face a new era of promise. In the second reading St. Paul tells the Galatians that whatever it’s particular manifestation, the cross of Jesus is a necessary part of life in this world – “the world has been crucified to me” (in order to share Christ’s ultimate glory). And finally the Gospel points out that we all have a mission to accomplish (i.e. to bring the faith to others) and in doing so we are not to let ourselves be hampered by attachment to material things.

All the while be aware that if we take this pattern of Christian existence seriously, we may expect to be like… “lambs among wolves”.  Are we Christians of the 21st century willing to accept this cross?

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