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
The question of suffering,
especially that of the innocent and just, was a big problem in biblical times, and is still a huge issue for us today.
EPIPHANY PART 2
DURING the course of our lives we have lots of encounters with people.
Most of these turn out to be of little significance and are soon forgotten.
But other encounters turn out to be of great significance; they enrich our lives and sometimes change them utterly.
Sometimes, just one meeting with someone is all it takes and an immediate bond is formed.
The picture many people have
of how the wise men came to Bethlehem
goes somewhat like this.
They saw a bright star in the eastern sky and began to follow it.
The star guided them unerringly,
first to Jerusalem, where it temporarily disappeared,
and then to Bethlehem where they found the Child Jesus.
It sounds so very simple and very exciting.
One message that rings our loud and clear
in our bible readings this week
is the message –
“Prepare a way for the Lord,”
make a straight highway for our God”.
The way of peace they do not know;
AS we celebrate Christ as King.
We must remind ourselves of whom we serve,
the privileges that brings,
and the responsibilities as well.
And then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of Him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. Matthew 27:29
Just as we see our humble King also serves us.
We too become children of God and heirs of God’s kingdom
at our baptism and we are called by the King of Kings
to also serve the people of this world,
to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
THE parable of the talents is among the most abused texts in the New Testament.
Contrary to what might be modelled by some best-selling evangelists, the parable does not justify a gospel of economic prosperity.
IN Philippians chapter 3,
Paul used the image of a race
to picture the Christian life
as one of constant movement into God's future.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phllippians 3:13-14
MY Gran was big on proverbs,
she had a saying or silly song for everything,
but she was particularly big on perseverance proverbs.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going,"
MOTIVES are a tricky phenomenon,
primarily because there is always the temptation
of having mixed motives.
IN 2006, 5 Amish school girls were killed and 11 wounded,
by a shooter in Pennsylvania.
The Amish community
not only comforted the shooter’s wife and children,
they forgave him.
could not understand how they could forgive
as they mourned the death of their own innocent children.
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.