All Who Exalt Themselves Will Be Humbled

All Who Exalt Themselves Will Be Humbled Pentecost 12; Luke 14:1,7-14 To claim a place of honour, people scheme; ambition may be sourced in selfish dream. Tycoons and politicians lead the race, but what’s the truth behind the public face? Here real humility is seldom seen; the term “low down” is spoken to demean. GoodContinue reading “All Who Exalt Themselves Will Be Humbled”

Jesus, raise us up (lyrics)

Jesus Raise Us Up (lyrics) Luke 13:10-17 1.To a daughter of God’s people, one whose spirit was in bondage, comes the One who sets her upright to become what she can be. Jesus, raise us up when we are the bowed ones and the cowed ones! Raise us, raise us up, and set us byContinue reading “Jesus, raise us up (lyrics)”

Woman Set Free from a Spirit of Bondage

Woman Set Free from a Spirit of Bondage Pentecost 11; Luke 13:10-17 She is not the only afflicted one who is seen by Jesus and called over on the Sabbath in a place of worship to be set free and speak out her praise. They said healing was work, not for Sabbath. Would Jesus beContinue reading “Woman Set Free from a Spirit of Bondage”

Interpreting the Times

Interpreting the Times Pentecost 10; Luke 12:49-59 Now how do we interpret present times? We seldom try to read the Earth and sky. We all have little screens with message chimes, computer games to help the day go by. First Nations walked on Country every day, respecting Nature and the spirit life. Their dances, songsContinue reading “Interpreting the Times”

Do Not Be Afraid, Little Flock

Do Not Be Afraid, Little Flock Pentecost 9; Luke 12:32-40 Little flocks in our churches are dwindling. Can we hear his words: “Don’t be afraid!”? Is God’s Kingdom in need of rekindling, or is Church a possession we’ve made? If we’re asked what it is that we treasure, is it prayer books and organs andContinue reading “Do Not Be Afraid, Little Flock”

Beware Greed

Beware Greed Pentecost 8; Luke 12:13-21 See, are not our nations like the rich man, greedy to possess the earth’s abundance, eager to build bigger and own more than anyone could need, ignoring conscience? White men came, built fences round this country, hounded, killed, abused First Nations’ peoples, trampled on millenia of their story. ForestsContinue reading “Beware Greed”

Stones or Bread

Stones or Bread Pentecost 7; Luke 11:1-13 Who gives their child a stone instead of bread? Who leaves the living land denuded, dead? We give good gifts to nurture family; Earth too is our responsibility. God gives the Holy Spirit, if we ask, to stir our will for each redemptive task. Let’s knock and walkContinue reading “Stones or Bread”

Martha Revisited

Martha Revisited Pentecost 6; Luke 10:38-42 Her resentfulness soon surfaced when once more she’s left alone with a meal to be provided. She must make the task her own since no helping hands are offered. She drags out a hefty pot; they’ll have needs and expectations, whether verbalized or not. They have gathered in theContinue reading “Martha Revisited”

The Lawyer’s Test

The Lawyer’s Test Pentecost 5; Luke 10:25-28 A lawyer came to test this man, but found his plan exposed, the test turned round. He’d thought to strip away a fake’s disguise, but truth shone clear in Jesus’ eyes. The lawyer claimed eternal life was sought, but what he found could not be taught. When JesusContinue reading “The Lawyer’s Test”

The Ordained

The Ordained Pentecost 4; Luke 10:1-12, 17-24, Luke 9:1-6; Mark 6:30-52 In Luke’s gospel, chapter 9, 12 were sent out – 12 he had ordained, we might say – New Creation version of the 12 tribes. They brought good news and healing, but they got back exhausted, grieving the execution of the Baptist. They couldContinue reading “The Ordained”