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28 April 2019 - Easter 2

Faith with doubts and wounds
John 20:19-31

On the evening of that first Easter Day, some of Jesus disciples gathered in a room behind locked doors. Not only were they grieving they were also scared frightened that those who had arrested and executed Jesus would now come after them. To compound their heartbreak, there were rumours that somehow Jesus had survived death. Then, suddenly, hes standing among them and says, Peace be with you. To prove that it was really him, he showed them the wounds on his body the place where the nails had gone, and a hole that a spear had left in his side when a soldier had checked that he was dead...

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25 April 2019 - ANZAC Day

A Reflection at service to Commemorate ANZAC Day

While April the 25th was originally set aside to remember the events that took place at Gallipoli during the First World War, our understanding of ANZAC Day has expanded to include all wars where New Zealanders and Australians fought and died. Remembering their sacrifice is an essential aspect of todays commemorations but isnt limited to that...

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21 April 2019 - Easter Day

I have seen the Lord.
John 20:1-18

A woman, by the name of Mary Magdalene, preached the first ever Easter Day sermon. It was a very simple sermon consisting of just one sentence: I have seen the Lord.

I could well stop there, because I cant do better. In those few words Mary has said it all. Though perhaps, I ought to flesh it out a little, but not too much.

Mary was by the empty grave, weeping. She assumed, quite reasonably, that Jesus body had been removed. Then a man, whom she supposed to be one of the cemetery staff, asked her why she was grieving. She explained, and then he uttered her name. In that brief moment of intimacy, Mary recognised who the man was. She went back to her friends and preached that sermon: I have seen the Lord.

As well trained Anglicans we would have at least said: Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! But no, she simply says, I have seen the Lord.

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19 April 2019

With us
Good Friday

In 1373, an English woman lay critically ill in bed, probably stricken by the plague, and facing what she thought would be her death. We know very little about her life, but we do know she recovered and took the name, Julian.

As Julian lay in bed she received a series of visions of Jesus, which she wrote down in a book entitled Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love. It was the first English-language book to be written by a woman. Many made pilgrimage to Norwich seeking Julians wisdom and spiritual insight. All these centuries later Julian of Norwich is treasured as one of the greatest English mystics...

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18 April 2019

Washing and being washed
Maundy Thursday
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Its Jesus last night with his disciples. He gathers them together in an upper room and does something that will shape the lives of his followers for the centuries to come. Its a very mundane action. As the group arrives their feet are dirty from walking on the unsealed roads in open sandals. Normally, a servant wouldve met them at the door and washed their feet. But the servant is absent. The natural thing would have been for one of the disciples to perform this menial task. But each left it to someone else to do.

I imagine they wouldve gladly washed Jesus feet, but I can see them having problems washing one anothers. Peter wouldve struggled to wash the feet of those two social climbers, James and John. And how would Matthew, the former tax collector and collaborator, serve Simon the fanatical Zealot? So in the end it was left up to Jesus to wash their feet, even those of the man who would shortly betray him...

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14 April 2019

Expectations turned up side down
Palm Sunday (C)
Luke 19:28-40

Its a carefully arranged parade. Luke tells us that Jesus rode down the hill on the back of a colt. As he did so, the crowd of followers burst into enthusiastic praise over all the great things they had seen him do, and they shouted:

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory to God.

It was a triumphal procession. The people were familiar with kings who came riding into town like this. They would welcome them back from a successful battle by spreading their clothes on the road and shouting out praises. Weve seen this scene play out. In countries where an unpopular government is overthrown the crowds gather and celebrate with triumphal processions, though in New Zealand its usually reserved for sportspeople. We put these parade on for the medallists when they return from the Olympic or Commonwealth Games, and when a sports team wins a world cup.

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