Our Gospel reading starts with Jesus telling us we must be like Him
Pupil not greater than teacher - servant than master but like master, like teacher
Who has ever compared me/you to Jesus. How like Him am are, are we really?
Being a Christian is about seeking to live life as part of the Body of Christ in the here and now, to live being known as a Christian
That will mean we will at times be treated like Jesus – be prepared to be shunned, to stand up for the outcast, the downtrodden, the orphan the exile, the refugee Jesus preaching in the Synagogue has this text Isaiah 61:1-2 (NLT)
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the broken-hearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favour has come,
This is our role model, this is how Jesus lived and ministered, this is the Christ–ian life we are to live both as individuals and as the Body – the Church
Yes this will bring problems and difficulties Jesus tells us – look how the world treated Him.
On Facebook there has been a debate started by one ‘friend’ who is deeply theological posting an article as to the truth that Mary remained a virgin for ever –Thankfully I think it was amongst Christian friends, but what is that kind of thing saying to any on the fringe or outside the church about what is important I wonder! By all means debate with theological friends but publicly? He is entitled to his belief I respect his faith - don’t agree… IS this what we should be spending time doing? If we are not careful the world outside of Church sees us bickering about things which have no impact on their daily lives which is surely what Jesus was about