”Gospel humility (a key theme of Luke’s Gospel) is not a religious holiness motivated by self-hatred or submissiveness. As taught by Christ, humility is an awareness of who we are before God; of our constant need for God and our dependence on God for everything; of the limitlessness of God’s love and forgiveness. Today’s Psalm, where God is saying that if we turn to Him and follow His ways, promise us that He will take care of our every need. The Jesus of the Gospel, is the perfect model of the humble servant of God. In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls us to embrace the attitude of seeking out the “lowest places” at table for the sake of others, promising that at the banquet of heaven, God will exalt such humility. In teaching us to invite to our tables “those who cannot repay you,” Jesus challenges us to imitate the love of God: doing what is right, good and just for the joy of doing so, not out of a sense of duty, self-interest or the need to feel superior or in control. The letter to the Hebrews expands on this concept of mutual love and challenge us to show how such love begins at home with the family but must extend beyond that into our communities.
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“Roeping” is vandag die goue draad wat deur al vier ons tekste geweef is. By almal is daar die versugting na dapperheid en volharding in die uitvoer van ons roeping. Jeremia ontvang as jong seun sy roeping. Hy voel dat hy te jonk is en nog nie goed kan praat nie. Die psalm bekyk roeping weer vanuit die perspektief van iemand wat nou al oud geword het en steeds hunker na God as ’n veilige toevlug. Hebreërs verbind die Ou-Testamentiese berg Sinai met die Nuwe-Testamentiese Sionsberg en fokus op Jesus, die Middelaar van die nuwe verbond. In die Lukasteks tree Jesus na vore as voorbeeld van dapper volharding in die uitleef van sy roeping onder moeilike omstandighede. (Woord en Fees)
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As followers of Jesus we may be tempted to believe that we should never be involved in conflict or disagreements. The challenge we must accept as Christ-followers, is not whether we will face conflict or not, but rather what the reasons will be for the conflicts we face. This calls for discernment, courage, and wisdom. …if we are to live the Gospel, we must be willing to do the difficult work, and to embrace the pain, of discerning what’s really going on in our lives and our world, confronting the injustice in our own hearts, and then challenging it in our small corner of the world. How can you stand firm for the values of God’s Reign in spite of the opposition of others today? (Sacredise)
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Bishop Margaret licenced Rev Eunice Davids as Assistant Priest and her husband Brain, as Lay Minister for the Parish of St George the Martyr in Groot Drakenstein on the 25th of May. Another welcomed addition to the Parish was Rev Laurencious Rhoda who was granted Permission to Officiate by the Bishop.
Rev Eunice comes from Holy Nativity in Blackheath where she served for two years. She is a member of the Mother’s Union for the past 35 years and was elected the Diocesan Chaplain for the Mother’s Union.
Rev Laurenscious was Deaconed on 13 December 2009 at St Mary’s on the Braak, Stellenbosch. He served his first curacy at St Francis of Assisi, Strandfontein and was Priested in the same Parish on 3 October 2010. He also served at Good Shepherd, Grassy Park. He is the proud father of and Joshua (14) and Erin (11).
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When we live with alertness and readiness, it’s not that we’re waiting to be evacuated from this planet to go to an otherworldly bliss. It’s that we’ve learned that God’s presence is always coming to us, and God’s Reign is always breaking into our world, and so we must always be ready to see it, receive it, and share it. But, if we’re only concerned for our own well-being we are unable to store up
treasures in heaven, we are unable to recognise God’s Reign when it comes in surprising ways… (Sacredise)
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Most Bibles call it the "Parable of the Rich Fool". What makes the man in the parable foolish is not his wealth, but his desire to hoard his wealth. It is easy to say the words of faith, to sing the songs of faith, and to attend the gatherings of a community of faith. But, it’s our actions and our values that reveal what we really believe. When we allow our desire for wealth or comfort to undermine our relationships, we contradict our faith in Jesus. When we seek pleasure, possessions or power for our own sakes, we get out of step with the mission and message of Jesus. But, as the call of Jesus takes hold of us, we slowly but surely start to see a shift in our priorities, we begin to embrace the sacrifice, simplicity and service of following Jesus, and we discover that abundant life is found not in the size of our bank accounts, but in the size of our hearts. (Sacredise)
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It was common, in Jesus’ time, for disciples to ask their rabbis to teach them to pray. It was also common for the rabbis to give their followers a "skeleton" prayer that they would then use as a framework, filling in details under each "heading". This is probably what was happening when Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer. While it’s not wrong to recite the prayer as we do in worship – on the contrary, it can be a very helpful practice – this is not how Jesus would have intended it to be used. Rather, he would have expected his disciples to create their own heartfelt prayers around the basic statements of praise, thanksgiving, requesting and confession.
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|Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom you know our needs before we ask and our ignorance in asking: have compassion on our weakness and grant us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not and for our blindness we cannot ask; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
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