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SUNDAY 18th OCTOBER: ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST

 

READINGS

2 Timothy 4: 5-17

Luke 10: 1-9

 

REFLECTION

 

In the reading for today, Luke talks about peace. He says “Peace to this house! And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.” It almost makes it sound as if peace is a tangible object, something you could hold in your hand and offer to someone. For Luke, peace isn't an idea, it is something very real. How then does this kind of peace draw together some of the big themes in Luke's Gospel, and indeed, with St. Luke himself?

The first thing people think of when asked about Luke is that he was a doctor. So how does this peace relate to healing, to wholeness, to restoration within the human being? I don't know your stories, I don't know what hurts you carry with you from the past or the present, the scars you may have been left with. I don't know your doubts, uncertainties or fears about the future. But I do know that Jesus comes to us offering a tangible peace, a peace that the world cannot give, a peace that is about forgiveness and about the healing of old wounds. Luke the physician is intimately concerned with the healing of not just the body but of the whole person. He is also saying that a person's encounter with Jesus Christ is at the centre of that process.

 

The second thing we might think of when we consider Luke's Gospel is his concern for the gap between the rich and the poor. He writes more about this than any of the other Gospels. His particular focus is on the outsider, the outcast, the people who didn't fit in. The ministry of Jesus is seen by Luke as one of integration, that brings the outsiders into the centre of the community, breaks down boundaries and restores communities to wholeness. This peace, then, is not just about the healing and wholeness of individuals, it is for the healing of communities where there may be deep division. Jesus does this sometimes with the skill of a surgeon – he cuts through the trickery and hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his day and their obsession with boundaries and pecking orders, so that the people themselves can finally be healed – be reconciled with one another, despite their differences, and with the God who loves them all.

 

So as we celebrate St. Luke's concern for the poor and the outcast, and his desire to show what real peace looks like in our everyday lives, we have a chance to look at the tangible peace that is offered to our communities, to our villages and beyond. We have a chance to ask ourselves, where are the divisions? Who finds it hard to fit in? How do we welcome the stranger and the outcast, and how can we do more, in Jesus' name? When we take this gift of peace, we take it not just for our own healing, but for the wholeness of those around us.

 

PRAYER

 

Father of all, we are your family,

and you call us to live together as brothers and sisters.

Help us to overcome the barriers that divide us.

Bless every effort being made to bring peace

and understanding to the world,

so that we may all learn your ways and serve your will.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Every blessing to you,

Canon Dave Perkins                                           17th Oct. 2020

Canon Dave’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends

 

Amidst all the television and newspaper coverage telling us about the different tiers that have now been introduced by the Government, we thought it was time to get out of the house and enjoy a gentle walk. What we encountered was stunning. Travelling north of Ladybower Reservoir and parking at Fairholmes we set off. The first impressive sight was the Derwent Dam with clear water flowing from top to bottom. This attracted many sightseers including ourselves who gazed in amazement at this piece of remarkable engineering. We then walked to Howden Dam by the side of the Reservoir marvelling at the variety of autumn leaves with so many different colours – the bright sun shining on them portraying extra beauty. During our walk we commented on how fortunate we are to be surrounded by God's glorious creation.

Can't wait to do it again!