Voices

‘A voice cries in the wilderness…’ – Mt 3.3 New voices can challenge us. The voice of John the Baptist was certainly a challenge for the people of Israel. His invitation was to a whole change of life, a ‘metanoia,’ literally a change of mind. And change can be difficult. We need God’s grace. We…

A United Church

‘He holds all things in unity.’ – Col 1.17 On Saturday, the local Church gathered for the opening of the Diocesan Synod. The gathering was attended by almost 400 members of our various communities. In the evening, the Feast of Christ the King was celebrated in the cathedral, with all our community leaders in union…

God’s People at Work

‘…we were not idle when we were with you…’ – 2Thes3.7 This week was not an ordinary week. Throughout, I was blessed to witness the way people use their gifts in the service of others. Just over a year ago, we drafted a Parish Site Bush Fire Survival Plan, specifically detailing what we would do…

A New Day

‘…being children of the resurrection.’ – Lk 20.36 The Christian story is about dying and rising again. This is the Paschal mystery. This is what we experience continuously throughout our lives, looking forward in hope to the ultimate resurrection in Jesus Christ. Today we celebrate a new beginning in the life of our community. Today…

At the Closing of the Day

‘…We shall all be gathered round him.’ – 2Thes 2.1 This weekend marks the last time we will gather together to celebrate on a Saturday night, at least for the foreseeable future. It also marks a change to our Sunday gathering. For those of us gathered here this weekend, it is worth taking a moment…

The Mission

‘The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed…’ – 2Tim4.17 Pope Francis declared October 2019 an ‘Extraordinary Mission Month’ with the theme: ‘Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.’ We were blessed during the week to have the Diocesan…

Encounter Jesus in Prayer

‘Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart.’ – Lk18.1 One of the simplest ways to begin praying is three simple steps: sorry, thank you, please. Jesus, I am sorry for the times I haven’t loved You and haven’t loved others. Thank you that You gave your…

Gratitude

‘One of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice…’ – Lk17.15 In all the readings today, there is a sense of God doing something new. In the first reading, God’s reign extends beyond the borders of Israel and in response the psalm invites us to ‘sing a new song.’ In the…

Discipleship: The Call of a Lifetime

‘I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told…’ – 1Tim 6.14 A disciple is one who has had a transformational encounter with Jesus Christ and has made a conscious decision to follow Him. The call of discipleship is life-changing. It rearranges all our priorities, our motivations, our wants and…

On Being Found

‘Rejoice with me.’ – Lk 15.6 I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for…