Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Welcome to another Sunday of either online worship or quiet prayer at home. Today’s readings for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost I believe reveal a significant theme of choice. In our Old Testament reading Joseph could have chosen not to be reconciled with his brothers, with the way they had treated him many years prior. God chose Joseph to help redeem both the Egyptians and then his only family during long years of famine. In our Gospel reading the desperate and extremely brave Canaanite woman challenged Jesus to change his mind and heal her daughter. Jesus chose to do so, despite all the cultural barriers that could have kept him from doing so. It was a taboo for a Jewish man to speak to a woman never mind a gentile woman and despite him saying he had come only ‘for the lost sheep of Israel’ this is a pivotal point of change to include Gentiles, even like us. In what ways might we be called to make changes in our lives. Try and think of one way God is calling you to change. Take some time this week to pray and contemplate such change.
Share your thoughts with someone else and take a step towards embracing that change in your life.
May we journey well as best we can with Christ this week.
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.