12 March 2017
The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name so famous that it will be used as a blessing.
‘I will bless those who bless you:
I will curse those who slight you.
All the tribes of the earth
shall bless themselves by you.’
So Abram went as the Lord told him.
2 Timothy 1:8-10
With me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy – not because of anything we ourselves have done but for his own purpose and by his own grace. This grace had already been granted to us, in Christ Jesus, before the beginning of time, but it has only been revealed by the Appearing of our saviour Christ Jesus. He abolished death, and he has proclaimed life and immortality through the Good News.
Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’
He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this the disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.
As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, ‘Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.’
“So Abram went as the Lord told him”
I first started going to church in my late teens and joined the choir. I found that I really enjoyed singing and had been told I had a good singing voice. I also learned to play the guitar and was progressing well. A priest, who shall remain unnamed, thought I had what it took to join the church’s music ministry.
I felt really happy to have been ‘selected’, and I had, indeed, planned to go try out for a spot. Days turned to weeks, weeks to months and months to years, and I ended up not going for the auditions. All good intentions remained only that, only intentions.
Fast forward to today, and my daughter is at the age I was when I first discovered I enjoyed singing. Her passion, however, is with musicals and plays. She knows the histories and backstories of the different musicals. She knows about the actors and actresses, which troupes they worked with and what roles they were best in. Before I knew it, she had signed up to volunteer with a professional theatre company and had thrown herself headlong into her passion.
In the first reading of today, Abram was asked by God to leave his country, father’s home and his own family. What a big ask! Imagine that! Abram had no detailed plans from God; he didn’t know where to go and what exactly was going to happen to him. Yes, despite this, Abram did as he was told. All he had was faith and his willingness to act on God’s promptings and instructions.
Today’s readings tell that He needs us to take action when we receive His promptings. Without us taking the first step, God would not be able to work through us, nor for us.
(Today’s Oxygen by Paul Wee)
Prayer – Father God, we pray that we will always have courage to act on Your promptings. Give us strength O God.
Thanksgiving – Thank You, Father God, for always sending Your Spirit to be there with us. Thank you for blessing us always with Your love and constant guidance and protection.