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What does Jesus see in me?

 

Blenheim Palace is one of the most photographed buildings in England. Many pictures also encompass its lake with the Grand Bridge. At first sighting, we think that it is made of solid stone. But it has a secret. For, inside the bridge are many rooms that were used to entertain the guests of the Dukes of Marlborough. Today, these are closed to the public as some are full of rubble, others are submerged in water, and one needs a boat to enter.
Christ didn’t see people differently, he saw their hidden ‘rooms’. He perceived secret strengths and abilities in others that we overlook. That’s why he asked Peter to found the church with his unseen leadership and determination. He wasn’t disappointed.
I wonder what he sees in me?

Going out from home

Mark 6.1-13

Margaret Thatcher famously said – home is where you go if you have nothing else to do! Well, you may agree with her on this matter or not as indeed on other issues as well. But there is a bitter-sweetness to this remark. For home is where we should feel most safe, most accepted and often most loved. No wonder many people are contented home-birds. Yet we also see the point of going out to do something. Much that is worthwhile needs us to go out – out physically, out using the phone or modern digital means and even paradoxically venturing out by inviting in.

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Chuckle of the week…

It was a crisp fall morning in the Bronx, a bit cold but still nice enough to have the windows open before we left for school.

I was living off campus in a three-story brownstone, starting my first year at Fordham University. My roommates had already headed out and I was about to sit down to a quick breakfast.

I went back to my bedroom for a moment to get a book. By the time I returned, a squirrel had planted himself squarely in the middle of the kitchen table.

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Long journeys

Between them, they had gone a good way to the Moon. I am talking about those three vehicles standing gallantly on display. The first was an Austin Twenty that had been driven from England to Cape Town and back in between 1932 and 1935. The second was also an Austin and  had managed the route from the North Cape in northern Norway again to South Africa in 1955. Some say this is the longest road in the world. But the real trooper was a very battered Range Rover that in 1977 had struggled from Anchorage, Alaska to Cape Horn along the Pan American Highway. It has to be said this term is a misnomer as the route took 7 months to conquer. The worst was a mere 100 miles across the Darien Isthmus that accounted for 4 months of the journey time. The struggle through the dense jungle can only be imagined from the dents in the vehicle’s ‘fuselage’. Proof if any is needed that the slow and persistent beats the fast and easy.

Let us pray

Lord Jesus, help me in the jungles of life
To struggle to get through
Guide me on the easy roads
To want to get through

Amen