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;
Like a radiator cannot give out energy in the form of heat
unless it firsts receives energy,
so too the love Jesus shared so generously with his disciples
and with people at large
was the love he had received from the father.
We to cannot give love unless we have first received it
God is love, and he can only love us.
We don’t earn it, he just loves, it is His very Being.
God loves us, not because we are good,
but because He is good.
Our very existence is proof of the love of God.
What we have to do is to receive it and share it.
This is my commandment, that you love one
another as I have loved you.
Love is well-being.
It is where God dwells.
It makes life fruitful,
it is the beginning of the path of salvation.
Few need to show their love by dying
for others, but we all must take every
opportunity to live for others.
Love is costly.
To love is to accept that we may have to die
another death before the end of our own life,
We may have to die to self,
selfish thoughts, selfish ways, selfish ideals.
“You did not choose me but I chose you.
The way of love is the way of the cross,
and it is only through the cross that we can come to life.
It is only through the cross we can grow in the fruit that lasts;
love, kindness, joy, peace, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control .......Fruits of the Spirit......
It is only through the cross that we can know God,
know love, and love in return.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my
love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and abide in his love.
This is not a call to following a strict set of rules or doctrine.
It is a call to follow the commandment Jesus gave us,
“This is my commandment, that you love one another
as I have loved you.”
There is a prayer which goes like this:
“Lord, don’t let me die yet, because I haven’t loved enough.”
It is a prayer we would do well to make our own.
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.