Faith at Work IX

April 2005

I was visiting someone in the Science Park the other day and one of his colleagues came up and, with his gentle Scots accent, said: "Hi, Mike, is it really you? what are you doing nowadays?" "Very well, thank you Iain how good to see you." We greeted each other as long-lost friends that chance had brought together again. What interested me particularly was that, although we were a little out of touch and our work patterns had changed considerably, time had not diminished the spark that connected us. It was as though the 15 missing years since we had worked together before had scarcely been.

It was like that with the risen Lord in his encounters that we read about in the Gospels with his disciples after the resurrection. But there is also a lack of continuity in those stories brought about by his very real and cruel death. Even though he might have predicted his death in this way, he also had a vision of rising to new life. Naturally enough, none of his close followers had been able to take that on board. It is interesting that the gospel accounts are clear that some of them, even though they had been with him just a few days before, scarcely recognised him as he came into their company once again.

At the crucifixion, they had lost a loving master and respected friend life told them that they would not enjoy his company again, at least not in a physical, human way; their good experience and time together would now inspire them only through their memories and his spiritual presence. Yet, they felt so reliant on him for what to believe and how to lead their lives he was, after all, a superb teacher and leader; this lives on in our tradition and in our Gospel record.

In some ways, this is not good because it may limit us from that attentive listening to the Spirit that can heal and teach us as we live moment by moment. It may also diminish our sense of self-worth that we all need if we are to be faithful disciples, knowing whom we are and what we are to do. So, let us learn how we may become more fully ourselves and respond to the inner stirring to be faithful stewards of our selves and all that we may use and influence.

Lord, bring new life,
where we are worn and tired;
new love
where we have turned hard-hearted;
forgiveness, where we feel hurt
and where we have wounded;
and the joy and freedom of your Holy Spirit,
where we are prisoners of ourselves.

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