The Good Shepherd

When I watched our Sunday Mass online last weekend, and I saw familiar faces at the moment when we would normally pass the Peace, I felt quite moved.  I encourage you all to take a moment to take a photo, either your family group or just yourself, with a simple hand-made ‘Peace be with You’ sign, …

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Bread and Wine

Many of you know that I am a sourdough baker, and that I really enjoy feeding my sourdough plant and creating loaves of bread to share.  I think the whole of Australia has rediscovered the joy and creativity of bread baking in these difficult times – because there’s not a packet of flour or yeast to …

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Faith and Doubt

On this first Sunday after Easter, we encounter Thomas, and his struggle for faith in difficult circumstances.   Thomas is the patron saint for all of us today who have times of questioning, times of doubting and times of wondering about our faith.   Unlike Roman Catholicism, Anglican faith is not a package deal.  Following the tradition of Richard Hooker, …

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Holy Week

As I write this reflection, we are right in the middle of Holy Week, the darkest week of the Church year.  This week we approach the desolation of the cross, and then walk through it to the joy of Easter and the hope and joy of resurrection.  The Holy Week story tells us that it is only …

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Palm Sunday

On this Sunday, the Sunday of the Passion, we set out once again on a journey into the most sombre and Holy Week in the Christian calendar, and we do so this year as we face a sombre and difficult time in our world.  This week, as we draw near to Jesus and share in his …

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COVID-19

  Last Wednesday  the Anglican Bishops across all Dioceses in NSW and the ACT determined that all public services should stop for the time being, so that we can pastorally care for each other better, protect the more vulnerable among us, and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  This distressing decision has not …

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Jesus says ‘Come’

Although for many of us, the Archbishop of Sydney’s recent comments that those who disagreed with ‘orthodox’ doctrine on sexuality and same sex marriage should leave the church came as no surprise, I realise that for many LGBTQI people who are part of the Church, these words have been extremely hurtful.  For all those who …

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Lost and Found

Today we have two Gospel stories about being lost and being found.  A sheep and a coin are lost. Their owners, a shepherd and a housewife go to great lengths to find them.  Scripture speaks about human beings who wander away from God being ‘lost’, and these two stories Jesus told tell us something about …

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Disciples

Did you imagine that coming to church today would be a nice peaceful, comfortable experience?  That you would be sitting comfortably?  Well once again, as we listen to the outspoken Jesus of Luke’s Gospel, we find ourselves being disturbed and challenged about how we should live.  Isn’t that so often the case when Jesus gets …

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