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
MATTHEW 10:24-39 certainly seems to make the old adage,
“Life wasn’t meant to be easy!” true!
And how often do people think that having a relationship with God would make life easier? With God on their side, they’ll slide through life with no problems.
IN our reading, Jesus tells his disciples,
“If they have called him Beelzebub, Satan,
then how can we who follow him expect to be treated?
This is the Good News?
So much for getting comfort from scripture
for the week ahead.
How often in the Psalms do we see the psalmist trying to be faithful
but left feeling poor and in misery.
Jesus was put to death, and after his resurrection,
Jesus’ disciples went on to preach, teach
and with the exception of John,
the disciples were killed for their faith in Jesus.
So where is the comfort the Good news is suppose to bring?
Certainly we are fortunate to live in a time and place
when those who proclaim faith in Jesus Christ
may do so without risking their lives.
Baptism into the church in Australia
does not put a death sentence on you
asis true in some places such as Saudi Arabia.
But we still can’t expect that following Jesus
will lead to a life of no problems.
Your relationship with God will not remove
all the obstacles from your path.
You aren’t guaranteed a perfect marriage,
perfect kids, a perfect job or a perfect boss.
Faith is not the path to a life of no worries.
But there is comfort amid all this uncomfortableness!
Jesus never promised a life with no battles,
what he did promise was victory
amid our difficult circumstances.
Love in place of anger,
Peace instead of fear
Kindness instead of malice
Faithfulness instead of temptation
Patience instead of impatience
Gentleness instead of hatred
Joy in tribulation and so on.
Sometimes our problem is
that the faith we were given in Sunday school
of “Jesus Loves Me This I Know,” while true,
may not have matured or developed enough muscles
to handle a cancer diagnosis,
the decline of a parent,
the death of a friend or the end of a marriage.
When your faith leads you to make public stands
that are not popular, opposition will come.
Problems will arise.
This is to be expected.
But we also know that we do not face these problems alone.
Jesus did not promise you a life of no battles,
but he did promise the victory.
The Lord be with you!
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.