Love, love, love

It has been sad to watch protests against public health lockdowns in Victoria and in other parts of the world, where people are loudly protesting their ‘rights’.  Today’s Gospel lies at the heart of the Christian way of being in the world, and here Jesus reminds us that my ‘rights’ must always be balanced against the …

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No worries

Today we consider another of Matthew’s ‘Kingdom of God’ parables.  Even though on the surface this parable is a bit perplexing, with guests being welcomed and excluded seemingly at random, it does suggest that everyone is invited to be part of God’s kingdom.  No-one is excluded, and the invitation is free.  No-one is accepted simply on the basis …

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Dealing with Evil

These few chapters of Matthew are fierce.  In them we find Jesus kicking over tables in the Temple, cursing a fig tree for not bearing fruit, and in this parable today, attacking the Pharisees as ‘bad tenants.’  It’s hard to imagine tenants behaving so outrageously, or an absentee landowner dealing with his renters in the way …

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God Economics

As I write, the signs that Spring has arrived are just outside my window.  The sun is out, the sky is blue, the trees are full of blossom, and the days are starting to get warmer.  After such a difficult and anxious winter, the signs of hope around us spring up.  Although we can’t see into the future …

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Forgive

Sometimes we need to be careful what we pray for.  Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer, even if we rattle off the words glibly and thoughtlessly, we pray for the strength to forgive others.  We know that we want God’s forgiveness – but do we realise that the caveat on that prayer is that we actually …

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Pride and Prejudice

Today we are eyewitnesses to a very interesting exchange between Jesus and a Canaanite woman.  She was a despised foreigner, a Gentile, and a woman, a person a good Jew would not normally engage with in any way, or on any level.  She would have known this, and she would probably have expected Jesus’ initial reaction to …

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Walking on Water

Today’s Collect asks God for the strength to trust when all seems hopeless and lost, a theme we find in both the Old Testament story and in the Gospel.   Peter’s faith is challenged when he steps out of the boat into the stormy waters.   The story tells us that rather than recklessly jumping out, he’s called …

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Holy Food

Have you ever seen a miracle? Have you ever been part of a miracle? In today’s Gospel story, the disciples are invited to be a part of miracle. When they are able to let go of their own doubt and offer what they had, they get to see it happen. Here today, Jesus takes a boy’s …

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Rest

Over the past few months many of us have come to secretly appreciate the slower pace of life.  Working from home has made family life easier; caring for children and running a home have blended together, rather than racing into an office through peak hour traffic, and struggling to get home on time to manage family …

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Welcome

On this fourth week after Pentecost, the theme of our Scripture readings is – welcome.  ‘Welcome’ is a persistent theme throughout scripture, and welcome and hospitality for everyone, including the travelling stranger, was central to community life in ancient communities.  One of the key hospitality stories is of the patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah who welcomed …

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