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24 February 2019

A way of life that may cause some consternation
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 6:27-38

It is natural to reciprocate – to give back what you’re given. You help those who help you. You hurt those who hurt you. In other words, ‘Do unto others as they do unto you.’  It’s simple justice, and it’s been enshrined in law at least since 18th Century B.C., which is where you get the statement: ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ It’s a common-sense way to deal with life. It’s certainly more enlightened than the approach that many take today: ‘Do unto others before they do it to you.’ In other words, get in with the first strike; take it before anyone else can get it, which is how many of the powerful and wealthy get to where they are. And we see politicians operating on that premise. In such a dog-eat-dog world, the reciprocal approach is positively enlightened. It doesn’t seek to inflict injury except in cases where injury is deserved. It’s based on fairness. The bad person suffers; the good person prospers. It’s common-sense.

Unfortunately or fortunately (depending on how you see it), such common- sense doesn’t win the day with Jesus...

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17 February 2019 - 8am service

Challenged by an upside-down world
OS 6 (C)
Luke 6:17-26

Matthew has the Sermon on the Mount and Luke the Sermon on the Plain – for as Luke says, Jesus ‘came down with them and stood on a level place.’ As part of that there are what we call the Beatitudes – ‘Blessed are you….’ The version you’re probably most familiar with is Matthew’s, which has got eight blessings, while Luke has only four:
Blessed are you who are poor...
Blessed are you who are hungry...
Blessed are you who weep...
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you...

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10 February 2019

Calling fishy people
OS 5 (C)
Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

It all takes place on the lake of Gennesaret, which is another name for the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is building a reputation and people want to hear what he’s got to say. On this occasion the crowd is big enough for him to have to commandeer a moored boat, and get its owner, a fisherman by the name of Simon, to put out a little from shore and use it as a floating pulpit. The shoreline at points has a series on steep inlets, with each inlet forming a natural amphitheatre. So by going just a little off shore you can talk in a natural voice, and anyone on the land can easily hear you...

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3 February 2019

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Luke 2:22-40

Liturgically, we seem to be in a time machine. We had Jesus as a baby, then his baptism when he was about thirty – and now we go backwards to when he was forty days old as his parents perform two customary rites.

Every religion has its rituals surrounding birth. What Luke describes here are two customary Jewish rites. A month after his birth, Jesus is presented in the temple. Being the firstborn male, Mary and Joseph consecrate him to God in thanksgiving for God’s protection of Israel’s firstborn in Egypt. But Mary also needed to undergo purification, as a woman who had given birth was considered ritually unclean, which meant she couldn’t participate in the full life of the worshipping community. Luke tells us all this in a very matter of fact way. He’s showing us a family that’s devout and faithful to their God. But then the tenor of the story changes...

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