Mommy Mantra July 25, 2014: 2 COR 4:7-15, MT 20:20-28
We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.
Have you seen this symbol lately, maybe on Twitter or Facebook used to replace your friends profile picture, and do you know what it means?
‘N’, or ن in Arabic, is the symbol used by the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) to identify who is a Nazarene – a Christian. It has been drawn on doorways and in front of houses in captured Iraqi cities, allowing militants to quickly assert where the loyalties of the inhabitants lie. ~Christian Today
If ever there was a time when Scriptures speak to us, for me the reading of today is that time. On Sunday our Pastor spoke of the war brewing in the Middle East, the war between Israel and Palestine. But at the same time extremist Sunni Muslim factions drove Christians out of the historic city of Mosul, where members of the faith have lived for the past 2,000 years. They were told to either flee the city, convert to Islam, or pay a tax for the right to be a Christian. Those who refused now risk death “by the sword”. From
Several years ago we had a young man come speak at our Church, selling Christmas ornaments, Advent Wreathes, all made from wood from that area, and women in the village; all in a hope of collecting donations for their Church. This young man related the trouble they were having with the Sunni in the area, but as Americans, I think we all sat in our pews thinking well it will blow over, don’t worry; wish we had taken this young man more seriously. Now there are no more Christians in the area, no more Catholics to celebrate the Life of Jesus in the very area where Christ walked.
Jesus asks the mother of the sons of Zebedee who approached him, did him homage, wishing to ask him for something: that her sons be given the seats on Jesus’ right and left. But Jesus says he can not give them that honour, and asks them instead if they “Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
The former citizens of Mosul are surely drinking of the cup.
Let us pray for all those who are drinking the Cup Jesus offers.
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