Daily reading: 19 January
Something to read
If you, Israel, will return, then return to me.
- Jeremiah 4:1 from full reading Jeremiah 4:1-4 .
Something to think about
The prophet Jeremiah told the Israelites straight to stop living according to the idols of their minds and ‘circumcise’ their hearts back to God.
Christians, the followers of the Way, are called in every time to speak like Jeremiah. We are called to it now. Anything less falls short of our calling, relegates the Christ in us to benign religious pastime.
But to speak prophetically, we must return and keep returning ourselves to the Lord, to יהוה (YHWH), to ‘I am whom I am’.
This is the message of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Moses, all the prophets, of Jesus of Nazareth. Come back to what is real. Return to the I AM. All else is illusion. There is no authority beyond this.
Anything you set up for yourselves to follow or be followed beyond I AM is idolatry, whether democratically elected or imposed by force. Our Christian calling is to come back repeatedly to God and then to prophesy the return of our countries, tribes and leaders to the same.
In contemplation of God in us, we return to God in all. From here, let us lift our voices until ‘the nations will invoke blessings by him and in him they will boast.’
Something to do
Action has no power unless it is born in our experience of Christ. In contemplative prayer we cultivate this experience, or more accurately perhaps we experience Christ’s cultivation in and of us.
Find a way to pray that opens you. Centring Prayer, Lectio Divina, Examen and the Jesus Prayer are but a few from our rich Christian heritage. Begin to practice every day, if you don’t already do so. From here, much ‘doing’ will surely follow.
Something to pray
Spirit of Wisdom, work in me your transformation, that I may follow Christ, be more like Christ, act like Christ. Show me again the lessons of this past week and let them flower in me that I may be ready to open to what lies ahead, in Jesus’ name.
Father Tim Ardouin is Church in Wales priest-in-charge in North Gower. He is a founder and director of the School of Christian Mysticism, a trustee for St Madoc Centre and Archbishop’s Officer for Interfaith Dialogue.
Published on 19 January 2021