Saturday Soundings. The “PPI” of the Christian life…?


From memory the shorthand version of Personal Protection Insurance or some such thing that history would record as being a fraudulent insurance scheme. (I honestly should know as the family business is in the Insurance trade).

But there is nothing fraudulent about the PPI mentioned in this week’s Lectionary reading (well one of the set readings), where Christ, again, is challenged as to who He is and His views on what matters in life (The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 22 verses 34 to 40).

Petersen’s paraphrase of this Gospel story reads as follows…

“”Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence. This is the most important the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it. Love others as well as you love yourself”.

Giving to God our own PPI. Our passion, our prayer, our intelligence.

Giving to God we might say, our drive, our best hopes, our abilities and creativity.

Giving to God we might say all we have when life leaves us with very little, our cry for mercy and help when broken, our best laid plans not leading to much.

And the discipleship journey is in the daily ups and downs in offering God, Father, Son and Spirit our PPI.

Picture courtesy of @savbrown

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