Category Archives: Sermons

Lent I 22.2.2015

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 ››
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Epiphany + 5b 8-2-15

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 ››
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Epiphany + 4 1-2-15

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 ››
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Epiphany + 2 18-1-2015

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 ››
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Palm Sunday C 2010 Luke 19.28-40

There aren’t many stories you can read again and still feel the same excitement and suspense you did the first time you read it. Outside the church this morning, we heard the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem—again. We’ve all heard it before; so even as we were listening to it, we knew what … Continue Reading ››
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Lent 5 C 2010 John 12.1-8; Philippians 3.3-14

There are confronting things in today’s gospel; paradox and uncertainty. Mary of Bethany bowls us over with her extravagant gift, worth a year’s wages; but then comes the disturbingly understandable portrait of Judas; miserable and bitter. And finally Jesus’ words—so easily misinterpreted— about the poor being always with us; where do we turn?