Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church - June 20, 2019
Happy Summer! As I write the longest day that has the longest span of daylight of the year forthose living north of the equator is upon us. Summer is a comin’ in!
The readings for this Sunday – and many of the summer Sundays – offer some familiar stories that may challenge some of our assumptions, or invite us to see new things we had not considered before; they definitely give us a lot to think about! You can read it all at www.lectionarypage.net Just click on the calendar for the date.
The Gospel for this Sunday: Luke 8:26-39
Jesus and his disciples arrive in the country of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee, and are verbally assaulted by a man who is filled with a legion of demons. Jesus drives out the demons, and they are allowed to go into a herd of pigs. The herd of pigs then go running off the cliff and drown in the lake. Unsurprisingly, everyone is amazed at this, but there’s more.The passage continues:
“When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in thecountry. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done foryou." So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.”
The man who had been relieved of his demons wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus sent him back to his own home, familiar surroundings and people, with the instruction to tell them what God had done for him. So, in a very real way, he became an evangelist, sharing the Good News.
Our baptismal covenant asks: “Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?” We answer, “I will, with God’s help.”
How shall we declare how much God has done for us?
“By word and example...” By what we say, and by what we do in how we live every day. And always with God’s help.
As is often the case, it is the collect for this week that helps me find some perspective and direction as I continue my journey.
Let us pray:
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you
never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
May what we do and what we say be reflections of God’s love and grace, and may we alwaysremember that God is ever present for all of us.
Peace and blessing,