James warns us about how dangerous our tongues are – comparing them to a small fire that brings the whole forest down to ashes. May we always endeavour to use our speech to build others up, not to tear them down. Forgive us for any throw-away comments that cause long-term damage to others.
- Set a guard, O Lord, on my mouth: and keep the door of my lips. (Ps 141.3)
- Give thanks for the work and witness of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, especially in Zambia.
Text: Robert McLean
ABM’s Partnerships Coordinator
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2021
19 September, 2021
“Arrogance diminishes wisdom.” – Arabian Proverb
From the very beginnings of Christianity the church has been plagued with arrogance. Here in today’s Gospel story the Apostles are quarrelling among themselves about which one of them is the greatest. There is so much wisdom in Christianity. However, vanity, pride and arrogance for centuries have been camouflaging our inheritance. No wonder our churches are not packed. We might say, but our congregation is not that way, not like the others. That’s like saying we are the greatest. Oops, mirror time again. In today’s Gospel Jesus does not tell us to be like a child, as he does elsewhere, but to simply accept the child. Accept the humble, powerless child and we might learn, might learn not to yearn to be at the top, and to lust after power. Paul says Jesus Christ emptied and humbled himself (Philippians 2:7-8). Mary was surprised that God would look with favour on her lowliness (Luke 1:48). Humility runs in this family. And now we are members of this same family. It is time to claim our true inheritance. Children are not the only powerless people in our world. Besides accepting children, let us also welcome the disenfranchised, the poor, the rejected, the lonely and neglected. Let’s do this not simply to help them, but also that they may help us, help us to be humble.
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May the people of this Parish be never ceasing in prayer, so that we may all be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Help us to lead lives worthy of God, fully pleasing to him while bearing fruit in every good work.
May we all be made strong in the power of God, who rescues us from the powers of darkness and transfers us to the Kingdom of his Son in whom we have forgiveness of sins,