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Beggars at the Gate

The Self Consumed Rich Man, The Very Poor Lazarus and Us

This week we hear the story of “The Indifferent-Man-Who-Could-Have-Listened-to-Moses-and-the-Prophets-and-Followed-God's-Way-of-Life-and-Been-Welcomed-Into-Paradise-by-Father-Abraham-But-Chose-Not-To and Lazarus”[1] The rich man is not necessarily bad, just astoundingly self-consumed. His love for self prevents him from care for others. He does not see Lazarus until it is too late.
Please note, this is not a story about what happens after we die. This is a story, in a line of other stories in Luke, about the importance of living the commandments and the law in the way Jesus teaches and lives them now. We are the brothers and sisters in this story, and we still have time to see the poor at our gate.
·What are the “gates” that separate us from those in more need around us?
·Who is at our gate, and how are we seeing and responding to them?


Rejoicing in Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Gate Pa –24th Sunday in Ordinary Time- Year C - 2019
Readings: Psalm Psalm 14 First ReadingJeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28                   Second Reading 1 Timothy 1:12-17                         GospelLuke What I want to say: I want to explore why we might use te reo māori in our services, what we don’t enjoy, and what give us joy in using it. Then I want to use Luke 15:1-10to suggest that in these stories Jesus is simply seeing each person, valuing who they are for all their faults, and inviting them to repent – to have a bigger mind and to see themselves as made in the image of God. And when they begin to do that there is joy. Who are we invited to see and value? What rejoicing are we invited to join? In this Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori how do we see and value ngā iwi o Aotearoa – in part by speaking te reo Maori, observing Māori tikanga, and joining our Tikanga Māori Partners in Te Haahi Mihinare in their efforts to Kia Kaha te reo Maori – allow the Māori language to grow in strength What I want to…