Tuesday 23 March 2021


Through and through

Read

They failed to understand that he was talking to them about the Father. So Jesus said: ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of myself: what the Father has taught me is what I preach; he who sent me is with me, and has not left me to myself, for I always do what pleases him.’ As he was saying this, many came to believe in him.

From JOHN 8:21-30

Reflect

‘You either love it or hate it’ is a phrase associated with a certain yeast extract product! So divisive is people’s opinion of Marmite that the brand has used it as an advertising slogan and campaign. They’re not trying to win everyone over to the taste. They play on the ‘some love it, some hate it’ accepting that it’s not to everyone’s taste! They’re not trying to please everyone.

Perhaps many of us are a little bit ‘Marmite’ at times. We may not be able to please everyone but then, perhaps, we shouldn’t try. Other people’s expectations of us may be rather unrealistic or their opinion of us a little scant or superficial, or we may try measuring up to others with little success and much frustration. We are who we are. That’s not to say that we can never improve or that we can’t be or do better or be more kind, more committed to Christ, more prayerful, more outgoing in going out to help other.

“I do nothing of myself,” said Jesus, “what the Father has taught me is what I preach; he who sent me is with me, and has not left me to myself, for I always do what pleases him.’ If we’re out to please anyone it must be, like Christ, to please God. After all, even in trying to please God we may not receive the approval of others – Jesus shows us that. Whilst we can and do listen to other people’s opinions of ourselves and can and should reflect on who we are, it is God, not others, who knows us through and through.

Pray

God our Father, help us like Christ to live for you, to do what pleases you, and to put into action all we have heard from him. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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