Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity - Reflection by Canon Leslie
Read Canon Leslie's blog post for Sunday, 26 September 2021
Chapter 9 of Mark’s Gospel began with the revelation of Jesus as the ‘beloved Son’ on the Mount of Transfiguration and with the second prediction of Jesus’ passion and death. This is followed immediately by two controversies, the controversy about who is greatest among the disciples, and the controversy about who counts as a disciple. In today’s passage Jesus affirms the exorcist who casts out demons in his name, even though this exorcist is working independently of the close band of followers. The church, like Jesus, must be willing to recognise the activity of God in a wider context.
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 supporters’ clubs. In today’s picture from the book Exploring Sikhism, Rees and Sara are playing with their friends Sanjit and Yasmin who are Sikhs. They may belong to different religious traditions, but they share so much in common.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you welcomed all who worked through your name.
Help us to work with your followers
from other churches and other traditions,
that your kingdom may grow;
now and always.
Next Sunday’s Gospel reading moves us away from the lectionary cycle to the first of two weeks when the Church of England is focusing our attention on God’s generosity and our response. Next Sunday’s Gospel invites us to reflect on Matthew’s teaching about how God cares for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. The image to help us prepare for next Sunday’s theme is birds. You can find out more about that theme here https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/prayer-resources.html. We would really appreciate you letting us know how you are using these materials.
During the autumn we are reviewing the pattern of livestreaming services, and on Sunday 26th the team will be away from the Cathedral with the choir, for the annual visit to Colomendy, North Wales, so there will not be a livestream this week.
From next week the Sunday Eucharist at 10:30 am and Sunday Choral Evensong at 3 pm will be live-streamed again, from the Cathedral Facebook page and YouTube page. To stream a service on Facebook, follow this link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolCathedral. To stream a service on YouTube, follow this link to our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/LiverpoolCathedral/videos.