Everything you wanted to know about Christianity
at the Anglican Parish of the Otways
Please join me each week for our reflections
of sermons conducted during our church service.
Plus, occasional splashes of humour and epiphanies!
With much Love and Blessings
Rev. Jenny Brandon
WHAT is the purpose of life if not to love?
William Blake put it like this:
‘We are put on earth a little space
that we may learn to bear the beams of love.’
In John 5:19 Jesus says;
“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you;
MANY of us had family members who served in the armed services.
I remember seeing photos of these family members in uniform
but nothing was ever spoken about their experiences.
THE 4th Sunday after Easter each year, is always Good Shepherd Sunday as the gospel exalts Jesus, as 'the Good Shepherd.'
There are many important things emphasised in this reading. Here are just a few:
HAPPY Easter! our feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
But what does “resurrection” mean?
If I were to ask you to define it, how would you?
...early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:1-4- The Resurrection
PALM Sunday see the beginning of Holy Week when we reflect on the passion of Jesus.
After three years of going where he wanted to, he is now lead along the path of death by others.
Palm Sunday derives its name from the palm branches that were waved by the crowds of people and strewn in the path of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem for the Passover riding on a donkey...
THE Gospel scene this morning depicts an angry Jesus with a whip in his hand.
This image of Jesus doesn’t sit well with our romanticised image of gentle Jesus, meek and mild.
It seems so out of character with what we know of Jesus
from the rest of the Gospels.
Jesus at the Temple
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
IN life we all see things from a certain perspective,
coloured by our life experiences
that may very well prevent us
from seeing things clearly.
We all form certain opinions of events
and other people based on how we see them, and sometimes
how we see them, and our opinions of them can be mistaken.
At some point in our lives we all leave home.
It is something we do throughout our lives.
We leave those places that are familiar, comfortable, predictable,
other times when life circumstances force us out the door. Regardless of how or why it happens,
leaving home is a part of life.
LENT BEGINS ASH WEDNESDAY, ENDS 40 DAYS LATER
BEFORE EASTER SUNDAY
AS we begin our Lenten discipline this year,
there is always a danger that we will go about
our spiritual disciplines out of pure habit
rather than out of a desire to grow closer to God.
About the author
Rev. Jenny is an ordained Priest of the Anglican Diocese delivering services at Anglican Parish of the Otway churches every week.
With great depth of knowledge and a spiritual practice that shows she walks her talk and has taken her to the far reaches of N.T. Australia working with indigenous youth and elders.