Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Welcome to yet another Sunday of either online worship or quiet prayer at home! Some days, like me, you may be left wondering, ‘when will this ever end!’ What more can we do than staying safe at home as much as we can and only going out to do the necessary things. Yet if we take the time to contemplate this question more, there is always much more we can do. Pursue a hobby at home, garden, read, pray, call friends and family more regularly than perhaps we would otherwise, do some thinking of what we will do when this is all over. Take time to dream and envi- sion the possibilities ahead.
Today’s reading from Romans 12:1-8 must be one of my favourite parts of the Scriptures (although I have many). “Do not be conformed to this world, but be trans- formed by the renewing of your minds’ rings out loud and clear in the middle of a pandemic.” Yet it should also do so at other times too. To me it sums up the meaning of a relationship with Christ. We ought never be satisfied to simply let things be as they are, but seek for how they ought to be, given all that the life of Christ and the Holy Spirit teaches us. Does such transformation call us to prophet Micah cries: “Do justice, to love kindness and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8)
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.