Daily reading: 14 January
Something to read
Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of… the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness.
- Ephesians 6:11-12 from full reading Ephesians 6:10-17.
Something to think about
However passionately we might desire it, we cannot turn this upside-down world back the right way up through our own senses of altruism or fairness alone.
Political leaders and powerful organisations are not usually inherently evil. Most often, people of high influence do not deliberately seek to oppress the poor and the downtrodden but reasoned moralism, however well intentioned, is distorted by social, political and commercial programming.
Time and place, ancestral memory and peer influence affect our unconscious mind in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. This is why Christian Aid is not first about simply strategising where to act in God’s name but is rooted in prayer, in the experience of Christ.
This is the calling for each of us, and every human, every creature, everything that has consciousness has the potential to experience and unify with Christ.
If we simply open ourselves to this, and come to Christ in the centre of our being with the intention of letting go of self to transformation by Christ into Christ, then everything we do will be Christ’s doing. We will have put on the full armour of the Lord and contrived and distorted realities will inevitably lose their grip.
Something to do
Take 20 minutes today to be quiet and listen to God in you. Perhaps focus on your breath and simply notice you are alive.
As you become consciously present to the moment, gently repeat: ‘Come, Lord Jesus, come.’ That’s all. Be still. Know God. After the stillness, pray from your heart and offer yourself once more to Christ in service.
Something to pray
I arise this moment in the full protection of the Holy Three, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, like Earth meets sea meets sky, Christ in you, Christ in they, Christ in me.
I rise in the strength of God to do God’s will, to be God’s love in the world, to set captives free, to lift up the poor, to look into the eyes of oppression and say: ‘Stand down, I challenge you in God’s name.’ Amen.
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 14 January 2021