The latest meeting of the YCW Group based at the Trafford Park HQ met last month to work through a gospel enquiry.
Fr Mark Connolly, the Group Chaplain, proposed the enquiry be based on a passage from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 3:14-20:
A Prayer for the Ephesians
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
The group reflected on what it is to consider ourselves loved by God, even if we know it “surpasses knowledge” and what this means for our daily lives. The challenge to try and grasp this about ourselves is also at the heart of how we see our fellow workers, friends, family and neighbours too. If we are loved, so are they and if they are, we must treat them as such.
It was a helpful reminder to all of us that our God-given dignity is shared freely with us and with all. In response, we explored the need for mutual respect and humility in society - something that many felt was in short supply. The Group decided that their action was to do more to promote such values in their daily lives and will feedback at the next meeting as to how this went.
There was also the opportunity to update each other with any other aspects of work or life that the Group members wished to raise. This is a helpful way of growing in solidarity with each other and strengthening the bonds of friendship within the Group.