Friday, 27 April 2012

Step Three - God-incidence

Gospelof John 6:52-59 

The Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’
He taught this doctrine at Capernaum, in the synagogue.

Step Three - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God (as I understood him).

There are many ways to read Scripture; some are more directed than others. What always inspires me that the Word 'speaks' - it always manages to be personal; to be appropriate; to be 'for me'. The serendipity of deciding to link daily readings to the Steps results in today's Gospel. God-incidence indeed.

I offer myself to Thee
To build with me; to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties,
That victory over them may bear witness
To those I would help of Thy Power,
Thy love and Thy way of life,
May I do Thy will always!


1 comment:

claire said...

Ah thank you for this prayer, Word. I do offer myself daily to Godde and hope that some day I will feel entirely hers :-)