By the time this magazine has reached you the Revd. Judith Blowey will have been ordained Deacon in the Cathedral Church of St Peter Exeter to serve in the Benefice of Tavistock, Gulworthy and Brentor, and the Revd. Sue Tucker ordained Priest at St Andrew’s Minster Church, Plymouth to serve in the same benefice.
Some of those ordained had been Christians as little as five years, others all of their lives, and had come from various walks of life – and, as ordinands, have over the past four years or, for some, even longer been put through a rigorous selection program and training which has tested their faith, brought them to the verge of collapse when writing endless essays and theological reflections, have wonderfully ignited their vision on the Old and New Testament, have had previous concepts of what they believe turned upside down and have questioned their skills in how they are to serve the people of Devon “with Joy, make disciples and how to pray for God’s Kingdom here on earth”.
And much of this work revolved around a man called Jesus Christ, both human and divine, God’s only begotten Son, God himself, sent by God to be the Redeemer and Saviour of the world.
Jesus had a dream for our world; He called it the Kingdom of heaven. He dreamt of life on earth being a mirror of heaven itself and towards the realisation of this dream he began to tell people that there is another way to live.
Instead of the nightmare of war, he spoke of brothers and sisters in the one family of God.
Instead of bitterness and retaliation, he spoke of love that refuses to be poisoned and makes one pray for the oppressor. In place of the spectre of famine which will always haunts a greedy grasping world, he set up the practical criterion of how we feed the hungry and clothe the naked.
In the place of the murky world of deeds of darkness, Jesus wanted all of life to be a clear reflection of the light of heaven. He prayed that the will of the Father be done on earth as in heaven.
The message of the new Kingdom was a call to revolution. Minds would have to turn full circle; accepted values and standards were turned upside down. Not the greatest in the Kingdom, but the one who gives most, would be the one who would receive most. The richest in the Kingdom would not be those who possessed the most but those who had the greatest emptiness for God. The voice that would be greater would not be the loudest but the whisper of those who go to the inner room and pray to God in the secret recess of their heart. Jesus began to preach his dream. There is another way — it’s like this
These words in the Lord’s Prayer “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven” will always be on our lips and in our hearts. Let us, as we go about our daily lives, be a mirror of God’s Kingdom here on earth and show the light and love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour to all we meet.
May God bless us all,