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Proper 13C / Ordinary 18C / Pentecost +11 Foolish rich man

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Luke 12:13-21

13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

 

I am so enjoying the challenge of drawing the reading.. Today was particularly interesting.. The questions it raised for me were twofold.. What are the things as human beings we store in our silos, things that have our never fulfilled appitite? Secondly what are the things of life that are not about the abundance of possessions?

So inside the silo is a couple of ideas of the things that can consume us with the need for more! I did find it interesting that it is not just about more but also about mine, you could easily replace the word more with mine because greed is not just about more but also a loss of hospitality or willingness to share..

What are those things  that remind us that life is about more than the gathering and storing of possessions? The beauty we find in nature, music, art, friendship, family, hospitality, community, compassion. It was interesting how many of those were about us and ours rather than mine. For Luke those things are the things that make us rich towards God, not others in general but God. When we live in this space of grateful appreciation for the everyday rather than the striving for more it is here we become rich to God..

I think that the reality of this situation is that for each of us the things that come to mind will be different.. The things I like to store up in my silo (hats actually) are not the same as yours and the things that add more to my life may not be what brings more to yours.. So this week the drawing has open spaces for you to add those things you can think of, both in and outside of the silo.. I would love to hear your ideas maybe you could share them in the comments!

 

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Pentecost 10, Luke11:1-13 ,the Lords prayer

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Luke 11:1-13

11He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3Give us each day our daily bread. 4And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.” 5And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. 9“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

I chose to reflect today on Luke’s version of the Lords prayer it is shorter and has some interesting differences..  The one I noticed most significantly is that the forgiveness of others comes in the form that we already do this.

It is an interesting exercise to try nd draw something that is so intrinsic in our faith tradition.. How do you see God, or honouring God (hallowed by your name)? How do we reflect God’s kingdom, I didn’t want it to be castles because for me it was suggesting God’s vision belongs in the middle ages, whilst we might like to live in castles the majority of people don’t, nor do people we respect and choose to listen to.. The next section of the prayer for me listening to Luke are the cries of our heart.. Make sure we have enough to eat.. Even those who have too much food are still afraid of what would happen if it all ran dry and it is the reminder that for many in the world this is not the case.

And forgive us our sins, forgive those things that we have done or said, or the things we hold onto that we should let go of.. In our truthful silent spaces we know that there are times we have done things, and sometimes they are not easy to let go of.  For we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.. I like that here Jesus acknowledges that the people amongst him are living the Godly life and are forgiving the debt of others..Do not bring us into a time of trail.. What are the trials we are afraid of? What does that look like?  is it heartache, is it being trapped is it suffering?

I included the images and the second bit of the reading too, ask search knock and you will be given , find and it will be opened to you.. If you who don’t get it right all the time know how to give good gifts how much more will your father in heaven.. I find it interesting that it is about receiving the Holy Spirit.. Their have been times where I have had to face some really difficult situations and at those moments as I walk into those I have begged for God’s spirit to be present because I knew that I could not do this on my own.. It is comforting today to know, whether I felt it or not, that prayer was answered..

Go well.

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Pentecost 8 The good Samaritan July 10

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25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” 29But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

The particularly interesting thing I noticed with this story was that he had to unload alot of baggage to be able to help the injured man..

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Pentecost 9, Mary and Martha July 17,2016

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38Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;42there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”