Knights Templar

The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom


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Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom

From the Office of the Grand Priory Chaplains

Commander Gillian James.                     15th November 2019

In St Luke’s gospel reading Jesus talks about perseverance. He said to his disciples, 'By your endurance you will gain your souls.' The disciples had been impressed by the beauty and size of the temple in Jerusalem which King Herod the Great had built. Jesus startled them by saying, 'As for these things that you see, the days will come when not a single stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.' He went on to describe the suffering which would lead up to the destruction of the temple. But persevere, he said, and keep the faith despite all the sufferings you'll have to put up with. Then you'll save your life, and save your immortal soul as well.

One of the definitions of perseverance is to keep making an effort despite difficulties. The definition of faith is a strong belief especially without proof. So Jesus is asking his disciples to have a strong belief and to keep making an effort despite all the sufferings that they will endure. This is so true for us today. We are at different stages on our journey and we never know what is just around the corner. Sometimes we have to face things that we never thought could happen to us. We also find things happening to our loved ones and we hurt inside just as much as they do. At times like these we often find our faith becomes stronger and we are given energy that we never thought we had. Jesus tells us to persevere even though the going is tough and to have great faith and our immortal souls will be saved.

The great hymn:-

"Great is thy faithfulness," "Great is thy faithfulness!"

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand has provided

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!”

The word faithful means loyal or reliable, and every day as we face the new challenges before us we know that God is reliable and his great love for us will help us to persevere even when the going is tough.

Please pray for those members in need, and for others known only to us and never forget those who care for them.

God bless,