MARK'S REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” Matthew 22.37-40
Jesus’ summary of the law shows us the way that he would live, it’s what he was doing, and “would do, supremely on the cross.” Amazingly it’s what his disciples would do; love for all neighbours would bring a realisation that everyone is invited, included and important at the Table. The new Israel that Jesus is forming “exists for the sake of the world, not vice versa.” (Tom Wright)
Sefton North Deanery Prayer:
Give us grace and strength this day
to build up your church
in love for the world, in the making of disciples
and to equip the saints for the work of ministry.
Plant your hope deep within us.
Open our eyes to a fresh vision of your Kingdom.
Give us wisdom for the common task.
Draw us and all your Church deeper into Christ,
our foundation and cornerstone,
that we may work together as one body,
in the power of the Spirit
and for the sake of your glory.