Category: 4reflecting

With what do we measure?

A reflection based on readings from “Beyond the lectionary:” 1 Kings 3:16-28 1 Corinthians 14:6-12 John 7:19-24 With what do we measure? An easier question to answer might be “with what don’t we measure?” for, from an early age, we begin to learn the language of comparison. Our parents applaud enthusiastically when we manage to place the triangle, the circle,…

Deserted?

One of my favourite places on earth is the Namib desert. Over 50 million years old and covering over 80 000 square kilometres, this vast place seems, at first glance, to be completely inhospitable and sterile. But to those with the wisdom to fix their gaze beneath the seductive purple hues of the horizon to the shimmering, shifting sands under…

Called is at our core

For as many years as I have been involved in ministry within the Church, I have wondered: What is the essential difference between those who call themselves Christians and those who affiliate themselves with a different religion or belief system? It is a question which goes to the heart of who we are and what on earth we’re here for.…

Come. Drink. Flow.

A reflection for Pentecost. Based on John 7:37-39 There is a story* told by the rabbis of old of a great and harsh desert which people were hesitant to cross because of its scorching heat and shifting sands. In the midst of the barren and dangerous wilderness was a well so deep that you couldn’t even see down to the…

The desolation of death

*Easter Eve: John 19:38-42* Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby, they laid him there. Verses 41-42 Darkness has covered the land –…

Last lessons: Love

*Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42* And again another passage of Scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” 19:37 Saving love is costly. People humiliate us; they try to rob us of our dignity, to strip us bare; they make it their mission to alienate us, destroy us, outstrip us. Yet love forgives. Jesus prays for his…

Last lessons: Discomfort

*Tennebrae/Thursday in Holy Week: John 13:1-17,31b-35*   “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Verse 14 Oh Lord who honoured the sacred tradition of Passover, and, in your last days, planted seeds of an eternal legacy within your disciples, ~ searching hearts, ~ imparting truth , ~ reframing customs, the…

Last lessons: Betrayal

*Wednesday in Holy Week: John 13:21-32* After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” Verse 21 Oh Lord who washed his disciples feet, and, in your last days, reclined at the dinner table with followers and friends, ~ savouring the intimacy, ~ seeing into minds and hearts, ~…

Last lessons: Sacrifice

*Tuesday in Holy Week: John 12:20-36* “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Verse 24 Oh Lord who showed up at festivals and feasts, and, in your last days, spent time with those who wished to see…

Am I being unfair to you?

* a meditation for the Women’s World Day of Prayer based on Numbers 27:1-11* To be born woman within this world – has been and continues to be – a social and economic disadvantage. We bear the bulk of the household burdens. And, when we do go out to work, we earn less on average than our male counterparts. We…