For the Love of Neighbour

“…offering your living bodies as a holy sacrifice…” – Rm 12.1 It seems that every week I am asked questions about the way we ‘do church’ in this time of the pandemic. Aren’t we overreacting? Do we have to wear masks? Can we sing if we are wearing masks? Why do we have to register every…

Who We Are

“Who do you say I am?” – Mt 16.15 I am amazed at the human capacity to just keep going. In the face of everything that has happened in our world this year, life goes on. In our community this past week, we have mourned the passing of a few of our parishioners. Our funeral ministry has…

Outside-In

“My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” – Is 56.7 The more I get to know Jesus, the more I appreciate who he is – fully human, fully God, and an awesome teacher! Today’s gospel story takes place in the wider setting of Chapters 14 and 15 of Matthew’s…

Leaving the Boat

“Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus…” – Matt 14.29 There’s an exciting moment in our faith journey when Jesus invites us to “Come!” Come and see. Come and experience life in a new way. Come and be a part of Kingdom living. Come and walk on water. Jesus invites us…

A Promise for Today

A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Romans Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, It doesn’t matter how I feel today or what I have done. Right now, I am loved. even if we are troubled or worried, Even when I look at our world right now and…

Chasing Kingdom Treasure

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field…” – Mt 13.44 It’s embarrassing to share this, but a few months ago I got caught out with an Internet scam. Obviously, it wasn’t something I had planned on doing. I happened to be browsing my Facebook feed when I noticed a ‘Massive Lego…

A Kingdom of the Heart

“The kingdom of heaven is like…” – Mt 13.31 The thirteenth chapter of Matthew’s gospel is filled with parables describing the Kingdom of God. What Jesus is talking about is not a kingdom of defined borders, solid structures and registered citizens – it is something far more wonderful – a kingdom founded in the hearts…

Sowing Seed

“Imagine a sower going out to sow…” – Mt 13.3 I love this image of the Kingdom of God – the idea that God’s Kingdom ‘sprouts’ within the hearts of people producing fruits of all different kinds and yields of different amounts. And the sower is generous scattering the seed! The seeds are shared far…

Rest

“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened…” – Mt 11.28 In the past few months, we have all had to change our lifestyles. The impact of the coronavirus has brought about many changes in the way we work, socialise, communicate, shop, and generally go about our day. This time has been mentally…

Encounter Jesus in Community

“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me…” – Mt 10.40 We live in uncertain times. It seems every week, what we can and can’t do changes. These ‘shifting sands’ make it challenging to plan too far ahead. But plan we must; ready to adapt as the needs arise. In the last few months, we have tried…