Meditation – 2nd July 2017

The Deep End – A cup of water
Life is busy. Whether we are in school, college,
working, or juggling family life with all sorts of other
commitments, there is sometimes little time to pause
and take stock of things. It can be hard to find time
to reflect on how our faith is faring. When we do get
a minute to assess things, do we find ourselves
wanting? Many of us have the idea that we would
like to live better lives, to be more caring, to help
those in need. We would like to live up to what Jesus
asks of us, if only we had time to do more. This
desire to do better is an important element of our
Christian journey. But often we imagine that this will
require some sort of grand gesture or dramatic change
of direction.
If we are paralysed or overwhelmed by what
we can’t do, Jesus has some good news for us today.
A cup of water isn’t much, and offering hospitality to
a stranger might not seem like a big deal, but that is
where Jesus starts. Instructing his twelve disciples,
he tells them that anyone who welcomes them or
offers them a cup of cold water will be rewarded.
What’s more, he adds that anyone who welcomes
them in fact welcomes Jesus, the one who sent them.
Small acts of kindness and hospitality have
significance beyond what we might expect. No
matter how busy we are, there are opportunities every
day to offer a cup of water here, or a helping hand
there. All these things play their part in building up
God’s kingdom.

Jane Mellett