Fruitful Living – Day 38

five-practicesReading:
‘From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace’ (John 1 v. 16)

Reflection:
‘The Gospel of John opens with profound philosophical expressions: the eternal Word becomes flesh and dwells among us, the Light shines in the darkness, and ‘from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace’. The high theological rhetoric moves quickly down to earth with specific stories about people. By the end of the first chapter, Jesus forms disciples, and then disciples invite other followers one after another, all of them repeating a simple refrain, ‘Come and see’.
Invitation begins the gospel.
This is John’s way to emphasize the essential quality of offering God’s love. ‘Here is what I have found. Come and see.”

Prayer:
Lord Jesus,
You show us that ‘even people who are not particularly open to church are nevertheless open to their friends, and to the experiences their friends value.’
Convince us that ‘the most concrete and personal way God reaches out to invite people into faith is through friends who invite friends.’
May I become, increasingly,
an invitational disciple,
seeking to share with others
all that I truly value myself.
AMEN.

Challenge:
Who is in your circle of influence, for whom you may the only friend who practices the faith? You may just be the best / most likely person to provide a pathway for their spiritual journey.
Pray for them, and for the opportunities God will provide, and be ready to ‘invite’.

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