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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
WHEN Jesus preached about the kingdom of God, the Romans occupied the Holy Land and were ruthless in the way they maintained law and order.
On the surface things may have seemed hopeless, but the Jewish people had hope. Hope that the promised Messiah was at hand.
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.
To be admitted to a position of leadership in any organisation today entails the candidate to undergo various interviews and checks.
Today we read of the appointment of the twelve who were to become Jesus closest disciples, but who were these men and what qualifications did they have?
One day two gentlemen were walking along the beach discussing the mystery of God. They came across a small boy playing on the beach. He had dug a hole in the sand and kept running down to the sea, dipping his bucket in the water and running back up the beach to empty the bucket into the hole. Curiosity got the better of them and so they asked the young boy what he was doing.
Very seriously the young boy said,
“ I am emptying the sea into the hole I dug on the beach!”
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively. (courtesy reconciliation.org.au)
If my experience in the Northern Territory taught me anything it was that it is impossible for the average Australian to understand the difficulties our first nation people face.
LET me tell you a story!
After Jesus returned to heaven after his death and resurrection he was met by the Archangel Gabriel. Gabriel was surprised to see him back so soon. He didn’t think thirty three years was long enough to redeem and convert the world, after all it is an extremely important and enormous task.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." -Matthew 5:16
The greatest need each one of us has is for real,unconditional love.
This was most evident to me when working as a school Chaplain.
There is nothing sadder than a child who thinks they are unlovable, who thinks that there is nothing good inside them,
My greatest challenge was to turn their thinking around because it was when we did that their behaviour improved and they began to realise they were worth something.
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
WHEN Richard and I first moved to Victoria in 1988 I remember the dread of our first driving trip to Melbourne. Not only was it an unfamiliar city, but it was a city, and we were from outback WA.
We were totally out of our comfort zone. We bought our trusty Melways maps, studied the path we wanted to take and with it on my lap we navigated our way through the maze of the city,taking more than one wrong turn along the way.
TODAY we reflect on Jesus the Good shepherd. In John 10:1-10 Jesus tries to describe the connection between himself and his followers, but he uses images that don't touch our hearts and minds as richly as they would have touched his original hearers.
I am the good Shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
THIS week we reflect on the story of the disciples on the Emmaus Road.
The disciples in the story had been plunged into gloom, and the road for them was sad and lonely. Their dreams about Jesus being the long awaited Messiah had been reduced to rubble. As they went along they were talking about his death, looking at it from every possible angle, but still could make no sense of it. A humiliated, crucified Messiah! It was impossible; it was unthinkable.
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.