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Monday 21 September
Unless the Lord builds the house

 

Read Psalm 127
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. (part of verse 1)

Some years ago, when preparing the liturgy to celebrate the World Day of Prayer, South African Christians decided to share the meaning of an important traditional symbol in most of their families and communities: the three-legged iron pot. For them, this pot is a symbol of feeding, sharing and fellowship – of life in abundance. Looking at this symbol through a Christian lens, these worship leaders reflected that just as this pot is anchored by three legs, so Christians are anchored in and are totally dependent on the Trinity. The pot, full of tasty food, also serves as a sign of God’s invitation to build our lives in love and grace, believing in the gospel’s teachings and in the strength granted by the Holy Spirit.

Listening to this vivid example from South Africa, the women celebrating the World Day of Prayer in a church in the suburbs of Buenos Aires thought that though there are not three-legged iron pots in Argentinian households, there are other ways of building fellowship and sharing God’s grace. In Argentina we drink mate, a herbal infusion that we share with each other over long conversation, where we talk and listen with no rush. Whether over a three-legged iron pot in South Africa, or over a cup of mate in Buenos Aires, it is in moments like this that God calls us to let his Spirit blow graciously to reach others. It is through interactions like these that God calls us to share the Good News and invite others to be nourished by it.

† Dear God, thanks for the gentle whisper of your Holy Spirit that reminds us that only when we ground our life in your hands will our efforts build true life and fellowship in your world. Amen