Rev Jay's Weekly Reflection

More Than Us

The reading we have today is right at the start of the letter to the church in Rome. If you have had the opportunity to read The Book of Romans before, you will know that it is sometimes a bit confusing as it’s layered in deep theological thoughts, powerful imagery,...

Expectations

Today is Mother’s Day — What a day to celebrate women who have nurtured the faith for each of us? Since the beginning of the Christian faith, attendance across church communities has always been 60-70% women—so who are the women that have helped grow, feed, nurture...

The Great Commission

Here we are, at the end of the gospel of Matthew and we are left with very clear instructions as to what we are expected to do next.I guess that the disciples must have felt a little flat after the unbounded joy that engulfed them following their experiences of the...

The “Yes” of God

Christ is Risen!He is Risen indeed!This is the cry of Easter morning, at least it is our cry. I imagine that for the disciples there was more uncertainty and fear in their voices that first Easter morning.Matthew’s gospel gives us some extra information as we read...

He came, and then did what?

He came, and then did what?Our reading this morning from Matthew is the Palm Sunday telling, but it doesn’t finish there. We continue on to Jesus entering the temple and getting more than a little upset with what he found there.There are a number of scholars who tell...

The Sheep and the Goats

The Sheep and the GoatsMatthew’s gospel comes in waves. The Sermon on the Mount builds up until the wave breaks with three hard hitting concluding statements in chapter seven that come crashing down with maximum rhetorical force. These are instructions, not advice.Our...

Stay Awake

As I mentioned last week we have another of Matthew’s parables that doesn’t necessarily end well, but tells us what the coming of the Kingdom of heaven will be like.Perhaps a little cultural setting will help as we read the Parable of the Ten Young Women, or the...

Attracted to the Feast

Attracted to the FeastThe Gospel of Matthew is especially rich in parables featuring final judgement imagery.Where Mark never mentions weeping and gnashing of teeth, and Luke does so only once, Matthew does on six occasions, including this parable. Along with the...

Unleashed generosity

You may remember that when Kelly and Joy shared about their time at NYLAC and their experience of walking on country that the word ‘grace’ came up a lot.Grace is something we can struggle to understand. We don’t really know what it is, we aren’t sure we deserve it and...

Forgiveness

During worship each week we offer prayers of praise or adoration and confession. At the end of these prayers the declaration of forgiveness is given. Forgiveness is but one of the reasons that Jesus came to earth, to show us the love of God and bless us with the...

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