of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757
10 July 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Deuteronomy 30: 9–14 Colossians 1: 1-14 S. Luke 10: 25-37
Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayer
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
FAITH IN FOCUS: MAKING PEACE
Jesus rubs up everyone in today’s gospel. First he angers the Jewish establishment by telling a story about a man who was mugged, ignored by two clergymen and helped by a member of the hated ethnic minority.
Then he shuts the legal boffins up by saying that you don’t need a degree in jurisprudence to understand God’s Law. Just a bit of common sense will do. You can know the Law but still be incapable of love.
In fact, that’s what God said through Moses in today’s reading from Deuteronomy: “This Law is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach... it is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart.”
Yet we have problems thinking that God’s Law should be so easy. Coming from a superhero culture we tend to expect some great heroic sacrifice will be asked of us, some death-defying feat that will hit the front pages of the newspapers. But God simply says: look around and make sure your neighbour is OK. Christian morality is as simple as that. Love your neighbour.
Today’s Samaritans are not always those who go off to save the Third World but those who keep an eye out for the elderly or sick person on their street. They’re the kitchen sink heroes whose daily acts of kindness show that everyone is their neighbour. We shouldn’t need to ask, “Who is my neighbour?” Rather, we should listen for the call within us to become close to those in need around us.
St David said, “Do the little things well”. Perhaps that’s what God is trying to tell us today. For if we want to fulfil God’s Law, then we will do so by opening our eyes and ears and responding to people of all races and creeds when they need us. This is not something so difficult that only professionals can grasp it. It’s obvious, says God. It’s what we would want others to do for us, and we can do it for others simply by doing the little things well.
WORD OF GOD
For this Law
that I enjoin on you today
is not beyond your strength
or beyond your reach.
(Deuteronomy 30: 11)
WORD FOR TODAY
Doing the ordinary everyday things is what’s asked of us today if we want to obey God’s law. Yet it’s these things that we’re slow to take up. We tend to think that God must be asking for some major sacrifices in our lives, when perhaps all that is needed is for us to attend to the blindingly obvious.
LOVE DOES NOT CONSIST simply in being moved by another person’s distress. Notice how the Samaritan stopped by in spite of it being a dangerous place, how he paid for the expenses and promised to take care of whatever else might be necessary. Instead of just “being charitable” he took unconditional and uncalculated risks for a stranger. These extras are what distinguish the Christian response from one that is purely humanistic.
THE HUMAN FACE of God is all around us. But it is most powerfully etched in the faces of the forgotten of our world, the marginalised, the prisoner. To begin to understand and experience the liberating possibilities of a real encounter with the suffering and the love behind that face, those faces, we must first look up and allow their gaze to touch us. We must take time out from our hectic self-centred lives to seek out that human face of God around us.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: 1 Sam 10: 1-16, Lk 22: 24-30, 2 Cor 11: 1-15
Tues: 1 Sam 10: 17-end, Luke 22: 31-38, 2 Cor 11: 16- end
Wed: 1 Samuel 11, Luke 22: 39–46, 2 Corinthians 12
Thurs: 1 Sam 12, Luke 22: 47–62, 2 Corinthians 13
Fri: 1 Sam 13: 5-18, Luke 22: 63-end, James 1: 1-11
Sat: 1 Sam 13:19 - 14:15, Luke 23: 1-12, James 1: 12-end
NEXT SUNDAY : Genesis 18: 1–10a, Colossians 1: 15-28, S. Luke 10: 38-end