Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. Matthew 24.40
When we are open to the Word behind the words of our Bibles there will be times that we are challenged, our attitudes, our opinions held up to the light and sometimes uncomfortably scrutinised. When we hear our Scriptures read in the Eucharist we are not supposed to leave it there, just to take comfort from our ritual, but to take the life, love and spirit from our gathering, from our hearing, from our sharing and bring it to those beyond the walls of our Churches.
Our Bibles have much to say, and none of it complimentary, about those that claim to know God and then do not allow that to change their relationships with others. We are challenged to live the values of what Jesus called ‘The Kingdom (or reign) of God’. When we pray, in the words of the Lord’s Prayer ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done.’ it’s not a statement that allows us to step back and expect God to change the world for our benefit, but a pledge of commitment to being change, to being Gospel - Good News - in all we say and do. Again and again Scripture calls us to live lives of faithfulness, grace, and self-giving love. Whether it’s Jesus saying ‘If anyone will follow me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow.’ or St James calling his readers to be ‘doers of the word and not just hearers.’ the Christian life is not just to be enjoyed in places of comfort, but to be a journey of proclaiming and living justice, peace, and love.