Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Greetings on a further Sunday after Pentecost, commonly called Ordinary time, although with faith there is always something extraordinary to find at any time Today is no exception. In using Richard Rohr’s simple format for reflecting on Scripture during the week, asking the questions: 1. What word or phrase captures my attention? 2. What in today’s world do these passages address? And 3. To what does this passage call me? In reflecting on these questions can provide a myriad of perspectives. For instance in the Gospel passage to reflect on Jesus words to Peter and begin to wonder how perhaps I have been a stumbling block in not enabling people to recognise Jesus more clearly in their lives. The foundational concept of ‘taking up your cross’ to be a follower of Jesus and what our own cross may mean in terms of a world where more value is placed on self interest, rather than truly living in community. The call of the passage in self-giving and the constant beckoning to focus our own attention and encouragement outwardly to others. To be people of constant prayer, enduring service and as Paul writes in the first reading for today of genuine love.
This pattern of reflecting on Scripture is attached. You might like to try it.
May we journey well as best we can with Christ this week. Fr Ian
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.