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24 June 2018

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) –
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Ps 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43
Out of the depths – to a new place

“Out of the depths have I called to you O Lord.”

Out of the depths of grief. We know what it is to grieve. It’s what we experience whenever we lose something or someone that matters to us – that gives meaning to our lives. Grief has been described as part of the price of loving. When we lose what we love we encounter the deepest source of pain. Love and loss are intermingled...

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17 June 2018

11th Sunday in Ordinary Sunday (Year B) – Mark 4:26-34
Seeds sown and seeds growing

The seed of the Chinese bamboo tree lies buried in the soil for five years before any seedling or sprout appears above ground … five long years … and all during that time the seed must be watered and fertilised. But when the bamboo seedling finally emerges from the ground it grows to a height of over thirty meters in just six weeks.

Why does it take so long to emerge? Why does it grow so fast once it does emerge? Experts say that during its first five years in the soil, the bamboo seed is busy building an elaborate root system. It’s this root system that enables it to grow over thirty meters in just six weeks. God’s way of working can be like that...

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10 June 2018

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Mark 3:20-35
Being out of our minds

It’s near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, and he’s already starting to have an impact. He’s teaching and healing people, and started to deal with unclean spirits – driving demons out of people. This has got people both excited and worried – so much so that some say he’s out of his mind. So his family try to restrain him. It’s not a very complimentary picture of Jesus’ family. But can you blame them? Who wants a family member with that sort of reputation?

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3 June 2018

9th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) – 1 Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139
“Speak, for your servant is listening.”

The book of 1 Samuel, which takes us into the early life of the nation of Israel, opens in the house of a man named Elkanah. He’s married to two women, and Hannah, his favourite, is barren. Hannah begs God for a child, and during her prayer, she encounters the priest Eli, who is somewhat lacking in pastoral sensitivity. He accuses the praying woman of being drunk. Despite this unhelpful encounter, Eli tells Hannah that her prayer will be answered. Hannah gives birth to her long awaited child and does as she promised. She gives the child, named Samuel, to the Lord. The boy remains with Eli at the holy place in Shiloh, taking on the role of an altar server. Hannah’s action of giving her child over like this may seem odd to us, but she’s affirming, as we do, that our children don’t belong to us, but are given to us by God, and as they grow, they must develop their own relationship with God. And perhaps, there’s a parallel here to baptism, in which we’re called to life-long service, and as we develop in our relationship to God, we seek to discern the ministries God has called us to...

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27 May 2018

Trinity Sunday (Year B) – Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17
Love, the Beloved, the Lover

Church festivals usually focus on an event or the life and death of an individual. Today is different as we’re invited to reflect on who God is. ‘A Catechism’ in A New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa says about God:

God is eternal, earth maker, pain bearer, life giver; source of all that is
and shall be; father and mother of us all. We learn that God is one, yet
revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – a Holy Trinity.

That’s what we celebrate today: the Holy Trinity. But this isn’t a head exercise. I’m not going to give you a doctrinal lesson explaining how 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, and not 3. We know who God is and what God is like, because God has chosen to act in our lives and get involved in the nitty gritty of human existence...

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20 May 2018

Pentecost (Year B) – Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
God’s breath

On the eve of his death Jesus shared a final meal with his disciples at which there was much table talk. In the midst of it, he promised that after he had gone, he would send the Spirit to them.

The Spirit, the Holy Spirit – that’s God at work in the world, at work in us. The Spirit has always been around, for the Spirit is God. The Spirit was present when the world was created, sweeping over the waters of chaos and breathing life into the dust of the earth so that so the earth creature (adam) was formed. In the Hebrew Scriptures we see the Spirit working through special people like prophets and rulers. Then of course, the Spirit was present and active in and through Jesus. But now Jesus promises something new. The Spirit would be poured out on all people – on women and men, old and young – on those like us...

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