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St Paul’s And Holy Cross

1st of October 2014

The author of the Gospel of John which is in the New Testament reflects in Chapter 4 on stories and metaphors of what is described as ‘the kingdom of God’.

Jesus is engaged in a dialogue with a Samaritan woman which, in those times, would have been considered highly inappropriate. Firstly, because she was a woman but, more importantly, because she was a Samaritan. The disciples had wandered off to find food and out of their concern for his wellbeing they suggest that Jesus should eat. He responds by saying, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work” and states that “The harvest is ready,” even though his disciples pointed out that the actual harvest would not be ready for four months.

In our world we are so busy wanting things to happen in the right order, at the right time and for the right reasons that we become distracted from the real purpose of being a witness to our faith as Christians. There may never be that ‘perfect moment’ to have a cup of coffee and talk about our faith with our neighbour. However, as we attempt to lead our lives as demonstrated by the life of Jesus by focusing on our relationship with God, these challenges will appear less daunting and easier to face.
Philip Waine, Lay Minister, St Paul’s

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