|The spire/skylight at St Peter's|
Sunday, July 26, 2015
There is A Hole In The Roof Jesus Called Faith (Luke 5:17-26)... Following His Footsteps: The Ministry Of Jesus In Luke's Gospel (Part 7)
Sunday, July 19, 2015
On a cold Monday morning as the wind howls round the Church building and two sparrows peak out from the shrub outside my window... Hmm consider the sparrows (birds of he air) A good reminder of God's providence in the face of storms (Matthew 6:25-34)..
Jesus is Willing are we?... A Healing and Restoring Touch From Jesus inLuke 5:12-16 and today.... Following His Footsteps: The Ministry of Jesus in Luke's Gsopel (Part 6)
Historically Leper colonies and mission to leprosy have been an outworking of this passage, people have been willing to reach out as Jesus did... In the South pacific on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai a leper colony was formed to isolate those with the disease to stop its spread. father Damien was a Belgian Catholic Priest who volunteered to go to this colony to care for those people. To give them physical and spiritual care, advocate for them and give them dignity. Many followed him to work there. He eventually died of the disease, but is known as the Mother Theresa of the south pacific. One of my childhood memories of mission was the little plastic lighthouses on the mantel piece from the leprosy mission that we would fill with the en cent pieces and five cent pieces that always seem to be left in the bottoms of pockets or purses to help this mission care for and reconcile lepers with their community. These are extensions of Jesus willingness to reach out touch and bring wholeness.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Out Into The Deep: Getting Caught up in Jesus, Leaving it all and Gone Fishing (Luke 5:1-11)... Following His Footsteps: The Ministry of Jesus in Luke's Gospel (Part 5)
The focus of the narrative is again on Simon’s response to Jesus. Up until now we see that people are amazed at what Jesus did and said But Simon responds with humility. He goes and bows down before Jesus, he is aware that Jesus is the agent of God. He is not fully aware of who Jesus is just yet, he will be the one who when asked and who do you say I am later in the gospel will say you are the messiah the son of God. He is the one who will deny knowing Jesus three times and he is the one who on that very same shore Jesus will be reconciled with and call him to feed his sheep, he is the one who will proclaim and declare Jesus at Pentecost. But now he is simply aware that there is something special about Jesus. He is aware that there is something holy about Jesus and he is not worthy of being in his presence. He asks Jesus to depart because he Simon is a sinful man. The people in Nazareth thought Jesus was one of them made good and wanted to keep him all to themselves, the people at Capernaum wanted Jesus to stay as well, they saw him as a prophet and a healer, but Simon sees something so much more in who Jesus is. His response is one of humility, in light of who Jesus has revealed himself to be in his reaching and his action Simon becomes aware of his need for God’s forgiveness. That humility and willingness to know our own spiritual condition and poverty is the response that Jesus was looking for. Simon has been out fishing but finds himself being the one being caught. Some people think that they are quite a catch but Simon is the one who is caught up in the person of Jesus.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Jesus Heals and Liberates: The First Two Miracles of Jesus in Luke's Gospel (Luke 4:31-44)... Following Jesus Footsteps: The Ministry of Jesus in Luke's Gospel (part 4)
We encounter Jesus preforming his first miracles in our bible reading today and its pretty much splash into the deep end as the first one is liberating a man from an unclean spirit, then rebuking a fever and having it go away… It very much invites us to step out of our comfort zones as we follow his footsteps.
In each of the parts of this reading we see people response to Jesus. All the way through Luke’s gospel we are shown that who Jesus is and what he teaches and does calls for us to respond. The people are amazed at his teaching and they see he has authority. Elsewhere in the gospels he is contrast with the teaching of the rabbi’s in that. The rabbi’s would teach in a manner where they would quote this rabbi or that rabbi as a precedent about how to understand scripture, but as Darryl Bock puts it ‘Jesus declares God’s will directly even keeping his direct use of scripture to a few limited citations.’ The people are amazed that this authority even goes to speaking to demons and to physical illness and those things obey him. People respond in the narrative by bringing others to him to heal and liberate. They respond by wanting him to stay with them, as we move on in the gospel Jesus call will be I’m not staying with you rather come and follow me. When we meet Jesus response is inevitable. As we seen some responded like you can on face book by simply pushing the like button with no real engagement, as we work our way through Luke we are invited to see more and more what it means for us to respond positively to who Jesus is.