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The Good and Bad of Storms

This sermon can be listened to here Gate Pa –  5 th Sunday in Season of Creation - Year C - 2019 Readings: Psalm -            Psalm 29                                                     First Reading -   Job 28: 20-27                                     Second Reading -  1 Corinthians 1:21-31            Gospel -          Luke 8:22-25                                      What I want to say:   to explore storms our experience of as both good and bad while are destructive are important for cooling and feeding world -           teach us humility in face such force but also explore what it is like being in the start of a climate change storm more than just what happening to climate symptomatic of bigger moral storm been engulfed in for decades if not longer moral storm fed by greed and consumerism è Pope Francis o    integral theology o    need to break with logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness o    same mind-set that fuels climate chang

The Storm is here

In our Season of creation this week is Storm Sunday – an opportunity to reflect on the importance of storms in the intricate web that sustains life in this God given world. They can be inspiring and awe inspiring events. But they can also be incredibly destructive. And they are growing larger, more frequent, and more damaging by the year. For many, storms are increasingly to be feared. It can feel like Jesus is once again asleep in the back of the boat. Or are we? They are also symptoms of a bigger storm – the storm of climate change. A storm that threatens to shred our way of life. Within that storm we find another – a moral storm. The same drivers of consumerism and greed that lie at the heart of so much inequality and poverty in our world lie at the heart of this storm. Pope Francis says in Laudate Si, “The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and s

The Animals – our brothers and sisters

This sermon can be listened to here Gate Pa –  4 th  Sunday in Season of Creation - Year C - 2019 Readings: Psalm -                          Psalm  104:14-23, 31.  First Reading:                Job 39:1-2, 26-30                              Second Reading:            1 Corinthians 1:10-23                       Gospel:                          Luke 12:22-31   What I want to say: To remind ourselves of what I have said about Season of Creation so far and to expand on that by saying that -           we are enmeshed and sustained by web of life – includes all animals great and small -           scripture invites us to see animals not as resources for our use but as our brothers and sisters -           God creates and gives life through all animals by their very existence            they inspire our awe and wonder of God ·           they hold life in an intricate self-sustaining web ·           we are damaging if not killing it What I want to happen: -