Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Welcome to worship on this Sixth Sunday of the Easter Season. A great question to ponder at times and particularly apt in the Easter season is to ask yourself, ‘How is my life different because of my faith?’ It is a really important question to reflect on, because as we do we can come to realise just how much of our life is different because of what we believe.
What we believe ultimately turns into actions and ways of living life that would ultimately be turning out differently than it otherwise would. This however does not mean that we are any better than anyone else. Rather, simply to follow Christ is vocational. We too are continually challenged by the vows of baptism to “turn to Christ... repent of our sins… renounce evil….and reject all that is selfish and unjust.” This continues to be the great human challenge which we either meet or fall short of on the basis of either loving God with our whole heart and our neighbour as ourselves or not. In what ways with the support of the Spirit may we do so this week.
May the risen Christ continue to inspire and lead us.
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.