Lent 3b 8-3-15
(Ex 20 1-17 Ps 19 1 Cor 1 18-25 Jn 2 13-22)
‘Cut a deal’—mutual trust
Lord our God, by your Holy Spirit, write your commandments upon our hearts, and grant us the wisdom and power … Continue Reading ››
Lent 2b A & C 1-3-2015 Mk 8.31-38: 34bIf you want to become my follower, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me
Deny yourself: what might that mean? Maybe it means deny yourself something you can normally have? In the season of Lent, people often deny themselves luxuries—usually food and drinks, like chocolate, meat, … Continue Reading ››
Lent I 22.2.2015 Gen 9.8-17, Mk 1.9-15 Jesus’s ministry begins
Two readings to wonder about today.
The first reading talks about the time just after the great flood, when Mister and Mrs Noah and their family and all the animals and birds came out of the Ark. They are all given a very special promise by God, … Continue Reading ››
Epiphany + 5b 8-2-15 1 Cor 9.16-23
Some people are important? Think they’re more important?
We Australians admire great people with the common touch—people who don’t let themselves get stuck up on a pedestal. I admire great musicians and artists who’ll stand around with people and chat about ordinary things. I admire the way Pope Francis refuses … Continue Reading ››
Today’s readings are about the choice we
have to go God’s way or the wrong way in life. In Deut 18
, we’ll hear the prophet Moses tell the people that God will send them another prophet; …who will lead them in God’s kind way. A few verses earlier, Moses talks about the other peoples who … Continue Reading ››
I missed Grant Hay’s visit in December. Grant’s is often an in-your-face
type of ministry. At his support group, he’ll describe a prison chapel service, or a one-on-one talk with an inmate. He looks them in the eye and says: “You’ve got to get your life together and hand it over to Jesus, brother. Because … Continue Reading ››
Introduction to the readings for Epiphany + 2—18-1-2015 A & C
God knows us before we know God
1Sam 3.1-10. The little boy Samuel lived in the temple at Shiloh when Eli was the priest. Samuel’s birth was the answer to his mother Hannah’s fervent prayer, and to thank God, as soon as Samuel was weaned, she … Continue Reading ››
The Baptism of our Lord 11th January 2015 Gen 1 1-5 Ps 29 Acts 19 1-7 Mk 1 … Continue Reading ››
I’m very glad to see you all again. Vicky and I thank you for all your good wishes and greetings. We also wish each of you a wonderful Christmas season and a blessed new year. It’s lovely to be back home among you.
I’m very mindful of people who are not so blessed as we are. … Continue Reading ››