Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Sunday June 1st

This Sunday's readings:
Deuteronomy 11: 18-21, 26-28
Romans 1: 16,17, 3: 22b-28
Matthew 7: 21-19

My first thoughts: Matthew has Jesus telling the story of the wise man building on rock & foolish one on sand; Deuteronomy is the 'obey the law & choose life' bit; Romans of course is all about justification by faith.
Faith and works, law and love, rock and sand... which to choose?
Jesus, before the familiar part about the buildings, says something very puzzling "Not everyone who calls me 'Lord, lord' will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of the Father". OK - so special pleading is no good without following Jesus and doing the Father's will. But Jesus says that those who cast out demons in his name, or heal the sick in his name, or perform miracles in his name will not enter the kingdom.
What is the will of the father if not to heal, as Jesus did?
Or is Jesus warning against trying to pull off the whizz bang stuff without wanting to glorify God.
Just a few starting thoughts...

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