What Do We Expect?

June 26, 2017

June 25, 2017 | What we yearn for in life often seems forever beyond us. You want happiness and it seems one step ahead of you. How about wealth? There always seems to not be enough. Or Security? Just when you think you have it, it’s gone. And love? Ah yes, love especially. We set out to acquire love and all you end up with is a crippling preoccupation with self that holds you back from the fullness of life with others. Yet, strangely enough, when we don’t chase one of these things for its own sake, when we orient our lives elsewhere, what we had been yearning for often arrives anyway. We don’t find happiness, happiness finds us. We don’t grasp love. Love grasps us.
Which brings us to Jesus’ words we heard. “Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” But in this reading there is more to it than that. Jesus is being more specific. He is preparing his followers for difficult days ahead.

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What Role Are You Called To?

June 18, 2017

June 18, 2017 | This Sunday we find Jesus with the first disciples showing them what role they are called to. Amidst a world crowded with struggle and need, a world confused by a less than ideal political reality and made up of social divisions. Jesus sees the crowds that are everywhere. They are tired, helpless and lost with no one to show them the way. And yet moving through the cities and villages of his day and time, situated in that place of overwhelming need, Jesus turns to the disciples and declares the harvest to be great and plentiful.
In light of the goodness and the love that over and around them lies, Jesus commissions the disciples to go out into their communities, among the crowds and to address the need.

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The Great Commission

June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017 | Life is really all about the relationships that we have, isn’t it? Those that nurture, provide, protect and enable us. Relationships, good and bad, give us the experiences in life that help us grow into the people we are.
In our gospel reading this Sunday, we find Jesus and his disciples. To establish and strengthen their relationship with one another, Jesus has taken them on a march from Galilee to Jerusalem and back again, wherever he perceived there was a need for healing and restoration. Now it is their turn to carry on and so he commissions them to go into the world and continue his ministry without him.

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Penecostal Power

June 4, 2017

June 4, 2017 | This Sunday is known as Pentecost Sunday. It is a day of celebration for the church. This is because, up to this point, that is, before the morning of the day of Pentecost, the followers of Jesus were just the 11 disciples, plus just a few others. But all this changes on Sunday. By the end of the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit will have transformed this group and 3000 people will have been baptized as a sign that they were also followers of Jesus. The church was born. Is this what Jesus intended to happen? I think so.

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We Are One

June 1, 2017

May 28, 2017 | We meet Jesus with his disciples once again where at his own dinner party he begins to pray. We only get to hear the first part of what is a long and really amazing prayer. Praying first for himself and then for his disciples, asking for God’s support during the transformation that is going to take place in their lives when he is no longer with them. This prayer offers some important final lessons that he wants to impart to them before he gets up and walks his last journey.

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