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
17 July 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Genesis 18: 1–10a Colossians 1: 15-28 S. Luke 10: 38-end
Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
This Week: Tues - Thurs 12.30 pm Midday Prayer; Fri (S. Mary Magdalene) 5 pm Holy Communion; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
FAITH IN FOCUS: HOSPITALITY
Imagine that you and your husband or wife are in your eighties and are told you are going to have a baby. And this is because you showed hospitality to three strangers. That’s what happened to Abraham and Sarah: Isaac was born.
A similar situation arises with Martha and Mary who are playing host to Jesus. Martha moans that Mary is sitting around while she has to do all the work. Yet Jesus praises Mary for being a good host and says that she is the one who will benefit from what she has done.
It’s easy to polarise Martha and Mary and make it a straight fight between activity and rest, work and contemplation. But this misses the point.
When we have visitors for a meal there is no point in sitting around chatting if we haven’t prepared the food. But nor would we want to sit people down to eat as soon as they knock on the door. A good host knows how to set guests at ease, to make them comfortable, to let them settle down, get things off their chest and relax.
In our Christian lives we need the balance between Martha and Mary. If the Church were just a talking-shop then nothing would ever get done and we would all be hypocrites. Yet if we just rushed around incessantly organising fundraisers and holding special services then we would soon run out of steam and probably out of motive.
We must never be so taken up with the work of the Lord that we forget the Lord of the work. Our work as Christians is to serve others in order to serve God. This means that the people we meet are given to us by God as occasions for seeing his face. If we are to respond to God in others then we need to cultivate the habit of talking to God, of trying to discern God’s voice in our work, our family, our socialising. What Martha shows us today is that we can become bound up with our “doing” to the extent that we never really meet God in the things that we are doing.
God is alive and well and will be offering you the chance to play host to him several times in the coming week. Will you have the nous to sit, to listen and to relax with him?
WORD OF GOD
It is Mary who has chosen the better part;
it is not to be taken from her.
(Luke 10: 42)
WORD FOR TODAY
Have we become so busy in our lives that we have forgotten how to listen to others? Mary knew how to slow down and make Jesus at home in her house. In our comings and goings do we ever take the time just to sit and listen to Jesus and to talk to him?
JESUS IS PEACE and the person who does not attend to him in peace does not receive him. Like Martha, there is a way of serving and working feverishly that leaves us empty, whether it is at home or in the community; instead, Jesus wants us to find him in our daily work. (Delyth Davies)
CONTEMPLATION is nothing else but a secret, peaceful and loving infusion of God which, if admitted, will set the soul on fire with the spirit of love. (St John of the Cross)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: 1 Sam 14: 24-46, Lk 23: 13-25, James 2: 1-13
Tues: 1 Sam 15: 1-23, Luke 23: 26-43, Jas 2: 14- end
Wed: 1 Samuel 16, Luke 23: 44–56a, James 3
Thurs: 1 Sam 17:1-30, Luke 23:56b – 24:12, Jas 4: 1-12
Fri (S. MARY MAGDALENE) : Song of Sol 3:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5: 14-17, S. John 20: 1-2, 11-18
Sat: 1 Sam 17:55 - 18:16, Luke 24: 36-end, James 5: 7-end
NEXT SUNDAY : Genesis 18: 20–32, Colossians 2: 6- 19 , S. Luke 11: 1-13