Since April 2020, I have been jointly hosting a shared Lectio group on Tuesday evenings. The following are my reflections only, during the prayer session and as I wrote them up. Please see my separate commentary and leaflet for more information about shared Lectio, and here is the whole collection of reflections…
Gospel reading: Matthew 5.43-48
I started with another passage, the parable of the slaves (Luke 12.41-48). Much has been given to me (talent, education, background, etc) therefore much will be demanded. And not measuring up to that, especially compared with my contemporaries at university.
…which is seeing things in terms of worldly achievement. Yet when God demanded it all, I gave it all up to follow and test my vocation. Then I gave up the security of staying with the religious life, and returned to live a simple life in the world that is not ‘the same’ as many others’ lives or as my life was before. So I hear God saying to me: ‘Because you have done this, therefore I will bless you.’
It is a different type of perfection, to be willing to give it all up, to empty the self, as Christ did (Phil 2.5-8).
‘Because you have followed me, therefore I will bless you.’ Amen.