Thoughts from the Vicarage 12th July, Trinity 5
Psalm 65; Isaiah 55; Romans 8.1-11; Matthew 13. 1-9, 18-23
Body and Spirit, Food and Water (keeping our lives together)
What was your favourite food as a child? When I was 4 or 5 my favourite lunch was cheese sandwiches and tinned pears! I wonder if you have been longing for some simple food during lock down when so much, including many of the basics for life, rapidly disappeared off the supermarket shelves. Our Bible readings for today take us from the basics right through to the privilege of life in the power of the Holy Spirit
Psalm 65 is a praise song from heaven bringing us to prayers of thanks for God’s forgiveness and his provision of sunshine, rain, crops and livestock living in harmony with the prospect of a good harvest.
Isaiah 55 opens with an invitation from the prophet to the hungry and the thirsty – come, drink and eat. In recent months many are grateful for the generous provision being given to many around the nation by the government. It’s good news, but sadly we expect that many will still struggle, and food banks will continue to be the places where people need to go for even the basics. In v.10 of this chapter we are reminded that God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours. This is a truth we need to hold on to as a reassurance.
Romans 8 takes us to another level. The good news begins in v.1 “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. We are called to live above and beyond our physical life. We can discover that because of Jesus’ life and death and resurrection we are people who can be forgiven. This gives hope for now and the future through the ever-present power of the Holy Spirit
Matthew 13 bring us back to earth and to a lake, Galilee. This is the well-known parable, told by Jesus, of the sower. But it’s more than just a story because each one of us belongs in the story.
Some seed falls on the path. People may see it but are as likely to trample on it as think about it. What’s left the birds will have. Some seed falls onto rocky ground, the sun shines, it grows quickly but there’s no depth for the roots. People can see faith as a spiritual hobby which they can take up or put down when they hear about the next craze or trend. Some seed falls amongst thorns. People amongst thorns may have good intentions but family or work pressures come and they are overwhelmed by too many commitments. Finally, some seed takes root in good soil. People recognize God and are drawn to Him. Their faith grows and they pass the good news to others.
Let’s ask God to show us how we can make the most difference this week.
Revd Jonathan Watkins
Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer
for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.