Mildenhall Anglican Church

Harvest is the perfect time to reflect on what we are gathering in our lives’

Read                                                                                                                                                                   “No one can serve two masters. Ether you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight” Luke 16; 13-15. Further reading Mark 4:19, Matthew 6:26, 1Timothy 6.;6-8                                                                                                   Reflect                                                                                                                                                                   Harvest is the perfect time to reflect on what we are gathering in our lives. Perhaps we have things stored away in barns that we’d be better off letting go of. This could be anger, un forgiveness, bad habits, or perhaps literal objects that are cluttering our lives. The Trappist monk Thomas Merton said that, ‘People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong Wall’. The gospel implores us to take our ladder off the wall of worldly success, selfish ambition and consumerism. When we decide to live with less, we may find that we have more time and solace to focus on what truly matters.                                                                                                                                                           Questions                                                                                                                                                               1. Do you think our society puts to much emphasis on having more?                                                                    2. Jesus said that things that people value are “detestable” to God. What do you think he means? Why is this ? 3. Why is it that ‘the deceitfulness of wealth and desires for other things’ make the word of God unfruitful?            4. What do you consider true wealth to be? 5. What might it look like for you to live with less?                                Pray Loving God, thank you that you have already given us so much; our lives, your beautiful creation, liberation from sin and death. We could never thank you enough for what we have received. Help us Lord to see through our culture’s message of ‘more’, and instead cultivate lives where we focus on what we already have, and what we have to give in Jesus name. Amen

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