Claypole Benefice
From the Rector
Living Faith

Christians believe they have a living faith – one which is relevant and applicable to life as lived in the 21st  century. After all our laws are based on Christian teachings found in the ten commandments where we are told how we should behave towards each other and to God. These are found in the book of Exodus chapter 20 in the Old Testament part of the Bible where we are told not to steal, kill or tell lies – we only need to read the newspapers and listen to the news to see the after effects of not doing these things!

Christianity is all about living life to the full – Jesus said “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” It means living a full life that is obedient to the teachings of Jesus which includes feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, taking care of the vulnerable in society – just like Jesus did while he was on earth.

Jesus calls his followers to live out their faith by caring for those who are marginalised and ignored by others, just like he cared for those ostracised and avoided by Jewish society in his day – those with leprosy or other skin diseases, women and tax collectors.

I am sure we all know of people who have needs of various kinds that others ignore and don’t want to be associated with.

But a living, real faith leaves Christians with no alternative but to reach out and offer a helping hand, a show of love and kindness which makes a difference to the lives of others.
Many of us gave to Comic Relief this year and that is a good way to help others but sometimes we are called to “get our hands dirty” by getting stuck in, come alongside the vulnerable and needy and live out our faith. Let’s see what we can do……..

Holy Week is the lead up to the crucifixion of Jesus which we remember on Good Friday each year, but it is also about his coming back to life again on Easter Sunday. The living Christ means that we have a living faith – one which we want to share with others, after all don’t we all want to share good things?

As we see our gardens and fields come to life once more this spring we can remember the promise of life “more and better life than we ever dreamed of”.