Sermons & Reflections

Take a risk

May 06, 2022

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, the Jews are trying to get Jesus to give them certainty about who he is - he tells them, but they don’t seem to accept what it is that he is saying, pleading with him, “How long will you keep us in suspense?”

Jesus tells them, and they just can’t seem to get their heads round it. It is easy for us to scoff at those people around Jesus, but how well do we handle uncertainty? Hindsight is wonderful, but would we be any different? The opposite of faith is not doubt but certainty. To believe in Jesus is to be asked to take a risk - and to go beyond the facts so that we can take that risk.

To love is to take a risk. As we look around us, what works in our lives and the people around us testify to the love of Jesus? Do you think that Jesus ever had any struggles with belief? Why don’t you ask him?

May your faith be re-affirmed over the course of this week in the people you see and the things that you do.

Revd Mark

"The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness"

  • Henry David Thoreau

Readings for Sunday

Acts 9:36 – end

Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, ‘Please come to us without delay.’ So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

John 10: 22-30

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.’

Readings for the week

Monday 9th May – Acts 11: 1-18, John 10: 1-10

Tuesday 10th May – Acts 11: 19-26, John 10: 22-30

Wednesday 11th May – Acts 12: 24- 13:5, John 12: 44- end

Thursday 12th May – Acts 13: 13-25, John 13: 16-20

Friday 13th May – Acts 13: 26-33, John 14: 1-6

Saturday 14th May (Matthias, the Apostle), Psalm 15, Acts 1: 15-end, John 15: 9-17