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Weekly Prayers

Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom

From the Office of the Grand Priory Chaplains

Fr David James.

"Shake off the dust from under your feet”

I'm sure that we have all had the annoyance of a stone in our shoe. It can slow us down and the small niggle can grow into a sharp pain!

Jesus tells his disciples to "shake the dust from under your feet ": in other words "Move On".

The context of this teaching is within Jesus' conversation about the kingdom of God, and how we can make this rule of God effective as we work with Him. Jesus gives his disciples the authority to heal and to announce the coming rule of God. This rule is not just to be revealed in words but in actions too. The healings are a sign of the breaking in of the Kingdom.

Jesus is clearly aware that there will be some for whom this rule of God is too much! They will reject it, or at least be lukewarm in their response. His advice is clear: "Move on".

He seems to be saying that once we have announced the kingdom with all its implications, that we should then consider our task complete. This of course is more complex than it sounds. As we are heralds of the kingdom, so too are we called to be "living the kingdom".

There's another implication here too, which is that we need to let go of things that are beyond our control. None of us is responsible for saving the Church or redeeming the world. That is God's business. We are called to live faithfully, to love generously and to pray earnestly, and to be effective in our witness to Christ by word and deed, and to leave Him to do the rest.

"Shake off the dust from under your feet".

Remember, my Sisters and Brothers, to pray for those known to us in need of love, healing and comfort.

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

Fr David