St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 12th February 2012
‘HOW WE LIVE’?
Once there was a young missionary who was so keen to tell people about God’s love that he decided that he would go to the other side of the world to share the good news there.
So off he went, all the way to the furthest island in the ocean and, as he pulled his boat up the beach with his few belongings, the islanders came to see what was going on.
‘I’ve come to tell you about God’s Son Jesus, who loved everyone and never turned anyone away; he was always merciful and generous’
‘Ah’, said the island chief, ‘that’s very kind of you, but actually we already have some gods and we’re very happy with them. But since you’re here, you can stay if you like – make a shelter over there, on the beach’. So the missionary made his shelter and lived there all his life.
A few years later, another young missionary decided to go to that very same island and, as he pulled his boat up the beach, the islanders gathered round. ‘I’ve come to tell you about Jesus’ he said, ‘the kindest person who ever lived, he loved everybody…..’
‘Oh we know him’ said the islanders,’ he used to live in a hut on the beach’.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were so full of love and faith that everyone could see God’s light shining through us?