Children do some funny things and some annoying things. One abiding memory of our youngest son comes from the time he was four years old. I really can’t remember what I had done to provoke the outburst but I still remember the result. Our son stood there, pulled up to his full height, small though he was, hands on hips and looked me in the eye and asked in his most challenging tone: “What right do you have to tell me what to do?” I have no idea where he came across such a phrase, even his 14 year old brother had not used that to my knowledge. I didn’t have time to worry about where the question came from. I needed to explain that I actually did have the right to tell our son what to do by virtue of the fact that I was his mother. I’m not sure how happy he was with the answer, but a son who would not accept that I had any authority in his life was going to be a big problem. Our youngest son continued to be the most challenging of all our children. I suppose one answer was not going to address the whole issue. Continue reading
Although Jesus had his inner circle of three disciples – Peter, James and John – and the larger group of The Twelve, he also sent a group of seventy out on mission to do much as the disciples did, armed with the same power and authority. He is still sending people out on mission and that includes us. Listening to his advice to the seventy can help to equip us for the work he asks us to do today.
The noon service on Sunday had Psalm 66:1-8, Galatians 6:1-16 and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 as the readings. My reflection is given below:
Jesus had a very good way of working which seemed designed to create the best possible team in preparation for when he was no longer around. When I use the words ‘best’ and ‘team’ you might wonder if I am a little misguided. The people gathered around Jesus were a strange assortment of people whose main gifting seemed to be that of getting the wrong end of the stick or being totally at a loss about what Jesus meant most of the time – hardly a definition of the best. When you consider James and John asking to be seated on the right and left of Jesus in his kingdom or of the discussion between the disciples on who was the greatest, there is little sense of team. Yet this is the material that Jesus worked with. Continue reading