Reflection for 2nd October: Increase our faith – Luke 17:5-10

The one line that strikes me in all the readings today is from the epistle ‘I know the one in whom I put my trust’.  That knowledge, that certainty, is surely the bedrock of Faith.  Faith, not in an idea, or and ideal or an ideology but in a person who has walked the walk of Calvery.

There is a scene in the film ‘Walk the Line’ where June Carter is on tour with Johnny Cash and his band; they are horsing around and drinking instead of rehearsing. June challenges them saying she has a family and bills to pay and they were putting that in jeopardy; finishing with the phrase ‘ you can’t walk the line’.  Johnny heard it, picked it up and wrote the song.  (Have you heard it?  Would you like me to play it?) { A link to the song can be found on YouTube }

This is it.  This is what God is asking us to do.  Just as Yeshua, Jesus did, he walked the line, which we now call the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow.  How can it be any different for us?  The end of the Gospel says ‘we are merely unprofitable servants.  We have done no more than our duty’;  our duty is to serve God; our duty is to walk the line today; ‘for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, till death us do part, according to God’sHoly Law. I make this vow.  At the marriage ceremony I invite the couple to make their solemn vows; so it is with us in our relationship with our living and loving God.

Even though the relationship is between Creator and Creature, the mystery is that it is a relationship of equals, rooted in unconditional love and service.  Just like the marriage vows; what do people do who profoundly love one another?  They walk the line; they stay together through sick and sin (or is that thick and thin!)

Our duty is to walk the line today, wherever and with who ever we are with today.

I want to read the quote in the pew sheet today…

‘ many times when God isn’t changing your circumstances it’s because he’s mostly concerned with changing YOU within. The circumstance - your character, your inner strength, your integrity maters to Him because they are everlasting qualities.  The wisdom, the strength and the maturity that grows within you are all things you’re going to need to sustain the calling God has on your life.  Know that there is a purpose in your pain.

Walk the line.  It is the path to healing and wholeness.

I want to conclude with a quote on enlightenment from Buddhism.

'Enlightenment is a destructive process.  It has nothing to do with becoming better or happier.  Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth.  It’s seeing through the façade of pretense.  It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagine to be true’  

Adyashanti

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