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Wrestling with a Pharisee

This sermon can be listened to here
Gate Pa –  30th Sunday in Ordinary Time- Year C - 2019 Readings: Psalm -                        Psalm: 65 First Reading -            Joel 2:23-32
Second Reading -       2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel -                      Luke 18:9-14

What I want to say: To have a conversation about how we read this story of the Pharisee and the tax collector (publican). In what ways do we trust that we are righteous? What does that even mean? Who do we regard with contempt if any? What does it mean to be humble?  Who is God in all of this?
What I want to happen: People to wrestle with the story and ask some good questions in relation to the text so that they might hear God’s invitation into the compassionate, generous and just heart of God
The Sermon
       1.Introduction: last week talked about how for much biblical history – -bible, however that was understood -seen as sacred text that was to be wrestled with ocertainly not read literally todays reading is great one to wrestle w…

Wrestling with God's mercy

This week’s gospel reading (Luke 18: 9-14) invites us to wrestle with the same questions from last week, which is not surprising given this is the follow on story from last week - Who is this God we pray to? Does God hear about prayers? Does God act? What is prayer anyway? Why pray? It is also a hard reading. It is very tempting to pass judgement on the Pharisee’s motivations, assumptions and understanding of God, and in doing so assume barriers between him and God. And then there we are, giving thanks to god that we have found the true path in Christ, unlike that self-seeking deluded Pharisee over there. Thank god we are not like him. Oh! When we make these kinds of assumptions about anyone, and about God, we set up a divide between us and them and narrow the wideness of God’s mercy. We deny the outrageous generosity of God’s love lived in Jesus. We separate loving God with all our heart and soul and mind from loving our neighbours as ourselves. We separate ourselves from life in God. I…

People of Faith

This sermon can be listened to here 

Gate Pa –  29th Sunday in Ordinary Time- Year C – 2019 Readings:
Psalm -                Psalm:119:97-104                                     First Reading -    Jeremiah 31:27-34
Second Reading -2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 Gospel -               Luke 18:1-8 What I want to say:
There are some big questions raised in this story. Who is God? Does God answer prayers? What is prayer? What is faith? What is justice?
What I want to happen: People to name the issues of justice around us today, to pray incessantly, and to be open to being called to engage in that work of justice making – for there is God The Sermon 1.Introduction:just finished reading Karen Armstrong’s “The Bible: A Biography". talks about how bible came to be and how it has been read over the centuries The Word of God speaks through the words of scripture -something that can be read in several ways -give several different readings -so is something we should constantly we wrestle with what surprised me was that…