Wisdom in the Community (September 2021)

WISDOM IN THE COMMUNITY GROUPS: AND REFLECTION IF ON YOUR OWN

 

 

Wednesday 8th September

Wisdom in the Community Notes: Gospel Mark 8: 27–35
Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples,
‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said; ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’
‘But you’, he asked, ‘who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him.

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to rise again; and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. But turning and seeing his disciples, Jesus rebuked Peter and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! Because the way you think is not God’s way but as human beings think.’
He called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let them renounce themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save their life will lose it; but anyone who loses their life for sake of the Gospel, will save it

This Sunday we contemplate Jesus, who is, as Peter declares, the Christ, the anointed one of God. Our readings help us to understand the journey Jesus takes to show his love for us.

In the Gospel, Jesus questions his disciples about what people are saying of him. When Peter declares that he is the Christ, Jesus reveals the suffering ahead of him and also, that we his disciples, are to follow the same path.

In our prayer this week, perhaps we can be conscious that we are disciples of Jesus, living out our lives in his name.

I wonder which part of this reading you relate to?

If Jesus put the question “who do you say that I am to you how would you answer?

What part of our lives illustrate the answer that we have made to that question?

How do we as a church community answer that question…and be seen to living out the answer?

What might we want to ask God for help with? …turning pray into action perhaps.

 


Wednesday 1st September

 

Wisdom in the Community Notes: Gospel Mark 7: 31–37

Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man's ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, 'Ephphatha', that is, 'Be opened.' And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. 'He has done all things well', they said, 'he makes deaf to hear and the dumb to speak".
 

REACTION TO THE STORY

1.I wonder what you make of Jesus' cure of the man with a speech and hearing impediment? God chooses the weak, the poor, those without capacity, to show that one's level in society counts for nothing. What is of lasting value is a heart set on God.

2 . In your time of prayer ask that the Holy Spirit help you to see everything through faith, to re-cognise that power counts for nothing unless it be the power of love.
 

ENTERING INTO THE STORY

3.It might help us notice what is important in this story by putting ourselves in the Gospel sto-ry……using our imagination …..perhaps we see ourselves as the person needing healing. We are the question “What in my life do I need Christ to come alongside?

Or as we reflect and enter into the story we might see ourselves as the person who is watching this miracle unfold and are amazed that Jesus is helping a person to hear and see the world dif-ferently.

If this is the case, what situations or people do we want to place before Christ?
 

 

PRAYER: eyes fixed firmly on Christ
As I pray this week I keep my gaze firmly on the person of Jesus and on his priorities, noticing that he is even at pains to avoid the crowd’s praise.

By journeying through the more Gentile Decapolis region, Jesus is making a choice – those out-side the Jewish law will not be forgotten.

 

MAKING CHOICES : prayer to action

In my daily decision-making, who and what directs my own choices? Do I notice when others need help? Do I turn a blind eye? Do I truly listen when someone speaks? What choices will you make this week, I wonder