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8 December 2016

Thursday 8 December

[Matthew 15: 10-20]

Be Prepared in Our Churches

One of the longest-running dramas of human life is the battle between ‘tradition’ and radical new understanding. In Fiddler on the Roof’, Tevye argues with himself about the competing demands of tradition and love: “This isn’t the way it’s done, not here, not now. Some things I will not, I cannot, allow…. Where does it stop? Where does it stop?

Our Lord faced the same battles when confronting people who were sure they knew best what the rules were about. They knew the importance of God’s rules, but had stopped enquiring into what God’s original purpose had been. We may see the same drama being worked out in our churches. Are we prepared to change our habits to work together for God’s Kingdom? How can we do it?

Across many professions people may come to rely on old routines or ‘tricks of the trade’. But now, athletes, teachers, presenters, salespeople, call in trainers to help them reassess the effectiveness of their action; watching video playback to see where things aren’t working and where they can improve. Imagine if we had to look at a video and receive feedback on how we were serving God and one another in our churches! Would we be humble enough to look again at our Lord’s radical challenge to us, and be ready to change together? Surely, we cannot go on as we are!

 

For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 48-52