Monday, March 12, 2007

GO and Make disciples (again!)

This morning I was emailed a link to a blog which is discussing our 'mass at the Gordon Pub' based soley on a local press article written 'before' the first mass had taken place.

The link to the blog is here

and my response follows:

We are so much like Jesus’ first disciples. – Our Lord leads us into gospel opportunities and our response is to stand back and question him.

“contextualisation…what the music will be…how it is set up” (earlier blogs on this subject).

Did Zacchaeus wonder what he had left playing on the Sound System when Jesus said he was going home with him?
Did Jairus wonder how the furniture was arranged or if the house was tidy when Jesus went in to heal his daughter?

Jesus’ rebuke to his disciples (Mark 9:19) might well apply to us: “You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you?”

Jesus’ command to every disciple is to ‘GO’ and make other disciples. This command in Mathew 28:19 (Go therefore and make disciples of all ‘nations’ ) has the Greek word ‘ethne’ which we translate as ‘nations’ but could also mean ‘gentiles’ – it is clearly a command to go to those on the ‘outside’ . And we all know how Matthew ends; “and remember I am with you always” – at the Gordon pub as much as at High Mass at the cathedral.

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