Sunday April 2nd Matthew 23 : 37-39
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it. How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you, desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord".
My first reaction when I read this passage was how we don't pay enough importance to the message of a sermon. We tend to judge a sermon by its length, rather than realising that it is God who is speaking to us, often of the overwhelming love of our Lord. We hurry away from church and are very unlikely to share what we have heard with those we meet.
Indeed we seldom tell others how much church means to us, never encouraging or inviting someone to come with us. Little wonder that our congregations lessen rather than grow!
Unless our lives reflect our faith, and unless we take seriously the messages we hear in sermons, then many of our churches are likely to close. So let us listen more intently to the gospel of God's love. And let us bless those who bring the message to us.
Lord, in your love, you long to do so much for us. May we listen carefully to the words you speak to us and may we share our faith in speech and deed.
Brenda Tabor Allhallowgate, Ripon