May 28, 2019
May 26, 2019 | In the letter to the Ephesians we are assured that when we speak the truth in love we will be the mature body of Christ in the world. We are reminded that when we work together we are able to make a positive impact in the world. As the author of the letter says “Joined and held together by every supporting ligament the body of Christ will grow and build itself up in love as each part does its work.”
This is one of the goals of our new Regional Council, Shining Waters. We are invited to think about what are the things we can do together that we can’t do alone. It’s a good question for everyday life too. When we work as a team, when we collaborate using all of our gifts and strengths and talents and ideas – we can do amazing things to create a kind and caring world, a place that reflects Jesus’ teachings of how the Kingdom of God here on earth comes when the power that reigns is love.
May 23, 2019
May 19, 2019 | It's odd that God has chosen the name of Love.
In the beginning God made and named everything.
Maybe it is only a human name we ascribe to God.
Maybe we imposed it on God without permission.
Did God choose it or did humans?
St. John flatly says GOD IS LOVE.
So many kinds of love...family love, parental love, neighbourly love, passionate love. close friendship love.
God's Love encompasses ALL Love. John’s scripture tells us that Jesus said; ”Love one another as I have loved you."
May 23, 2019
May 12, 2019 | This weeks reading is from the Gospel of John. It comes with a question at the heart of it, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you really are the Messiah then just tell us plainly.”
The setting of this scene is said to be in late December in Jerusalem. Jesus is walking around in the portico of Solomon, an old and admired part of the Temple. As usual, Jesus is drawing a crowd. This time the people that are gathered around him are devout Jewish people who have come to celebrate the Feast of the Dedication (better know to us as Hanukkah.)
No doubt they have heard some crazy rumours or listened in on Jesus’ puzzling sermons or witnessed one of his mind-boggling miracles. They are certainly not unfamiliar with this teacher from Nazareth. So, the question they ask: “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah tell us plainly.”
I wonder how Jesus will respond.
May 6, 2019
May 5, 2019 | If we were to really stop and think about it, sometimes this whole faith journey can seem a little strange and fantastic. Rational, logical sense making can leave us with nothing more than empty nets. It’s only when we are willing to cast our nets the way Jesus compels us to that we come up with a net full of flopping, silver, slippery faith.
This week we meet the disciples out doing what they knew best, trying to catch fish. Yet, when Jesus comes along they do not recognize him at first. Could it be that their faith had been tested and they were uncomfortable with the places and situations they were now being called to?
In the reading we hear from Acts, Ananias is called by God to go to a man who was a known murderer of those who followed Jesus. It surely didn’t make sense for Ananias to cast his faith nets on that side of life’s boat, but he did follow God’s instructions, and he fished out one of the greatest disciples and leaders of all time – Saul of Tarsus who would become the Apostle Paul.
So, instead of standing around waiting and wondering could it be that we are to take our cue from Peter and go fishing? Drop a net in and let Jesus guide our hands and our hearts.