Rev Jay's Weekly Reflection

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...

From here it changes…

From here it changes…Today’s reading is a telling of the Transfiguration. In our liturgical year this is the turning point from Jesus’ teaching ministry and the beginning of the final road to Jerusalem and Jesus’ death and resurrection.Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, or...

A day in the life of Jesus

A day in the life of JesusToday we move to chapter 14 of Matthew’s gospel. We’re back into the chronological journey of this gospel. What we haven’t heard is the beginning of this chapter.John the Baptist has been killed by Herod. This followed Herod’s big birthday...

The Golden Rule

This week we have a number of different stories or tellings, similar to last week.  These readings help those listening to envision life in a community that is shaped by God’s empire and justice. Matthew 7:1-6 describes interactions among Jesus’ followers that should...

Let those with ears listen

Let those with ears listenToday we take a jump to chapter 13 in Matthew’s gospel and a series of parables all beginning with very similar words – “The kingdom of heaven is like….” Amongst these parables are some words of explanation, at least that is how the last few...

Living by practice

Chapter 6 is placed in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, and our reading is taken from the middle of this chapter and I think I’d be safe in saying that it is a very well-known passage.As you look through the headings given to this chapter we have several...

Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the MountThis week we are looking at a Chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew—the start of the ‘The Sermon of the Mount’. It is best understood that these stories/sayings that make up Chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s Gospel are a collection of short moments that Jesus...

Living with Temptation

Living with TemptationChapter 4 of Matthew and we are in the desert, at least to begin with. The link between this next story of Jesus and the story of Jesus’ baptism we heard last week is the Spirit. We have seen the Spirit descending and heard the voice of God,...

The Baptism of Jesus

This morning we leave behind Matthew chapters 1 and 2 to read Matthew chapter 3.  We also transverse about three decades in the storyline, from Jesus’ infancy to the time just prior to his public debut in chapter 4.  Matthew 3 begins by introducing us to John the...

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