Eleventh Sunday 2018

17th June 2018

Creatures of desire

Beyond all our desires for love, fulfilment and pleasure lies a desire for God. We are people of desire, born with a longing that can only be satisfied long-term by the God who loved us into life. This was taken for granted by Jesus as he went about Galilee bringing healing to a wounded world.

But because we are vulnerable, our sense of longing is easily threatened, and we rebel against anything that threatens our fragile sense of self: a structured community…. the discipline of a spiritual life….commitment to persons  … projects that cost. So in all our 21st century city sophistication we are no different from those original Galilean peasants!

To reassure us Jesus told us: ‘the Kingdom is like a mustard seed  …. smallest of all seeds when sown; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade’

We, the children of desire are like those birds of the air who find a home. And wherever Christian community is alive … in families.. prayer groups .. religious houses, schools and hospices, stray birds will look for shelter.

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