Second Sunday after Trinity - Reflection by Canon Leslie
Today is the Second Sunday after Trinity, when the reading from Luke’s Gospel brings us to the point in Jesus’ ministry when he set his face to go to Jerusalem. The first teaching that Jesus offers to his companions on this journey concerns the true nature of discipleship. Those who begin the journey with Jesus must commit themselves wholeheartedly to completing it. There is to be no turning back. Nor is there to be any supernatural intervention to make the going easy.
For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during the preceding week, I invited reflection on the image of obstacle course. In today’s picture from his book, The Grumpy Day, Teddy Horsley is experiencing life as an obstacle course as he slips on the freshly washed floor.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you call your people
to follow you wherever you lead.
Give us grace to follow you,
that we may overcome the obstacles in our way;
for you are our God.
Next week, the Third Sunday after Trinity, the reading from Luke’s Gospel concerns the mission of the seventy, whom he sends out to go on ahead of him. Jesus gives them strict instructions about how to proceed. The image to help us prepare for next week’s theme is courier. You can find out more about that theme here https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/prayer-resources.html.
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