“He withdrew from them”. What a scary idea – that Jesus had withdrawn! The disciples had grown used to having Jesus around. They had spent three years learning from him... and now he is gone! But I suspect that this is exactly how it should be. They needed to learn to stand on their own feet. While their teacher was there, they could so easily step back to let him be the leader. Now they had nobody to fall back on. It was up to them.
This is one of the important lessons of life for us all. We have times of learning, followed by times of putting that learning into practice. I think of the Deacons of the Methodist Church of Great Britain. They have spent the past few days learning from each other. This afternoon they pack their bags and return to their mission appointments. It is time to practice the things they have learned.
Pray For:Steven Sowerby (Central Norfolk); Maureen Spinks (North Fylde); Janet Stafford (Sheffield North) Marian Stanley (Chorley & Leyland)
Readings taken from the lectionary in the Prayer Book of the British Methodist Diaconal Order