In The Message Bible, Eugene Peterson translates part of the Lord’s Prayer as
“Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best – as above, so below.”
How would your part of the world look different if it was set right?
Is this God’s task or yours?
In Luke chapter 10, after telling a story, Jesus asks a complacent, settled, sincerely religious person, “Who acted as a neighbour to the victim in the story?” He doesn’t ask, “Who was a good neighbour?” Jesus is telling his followers they need to act as a neighbour to anyone who needs one, rather than wait to be asked. The circle is very wide. It crosses the boundaries of suburb, city, religion, ethnicity, family, and country.
Who can you act as a neighbour to today?
Who needs you to act as neighbour to them today?
“Go and show mercy.” Jesus.
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, because we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws which he set before us. Daniel 9:9-10
• Collect of the Day
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Continue reading “Fourth Sunday of Lent”
“Sugar in your tea, blood on your teeth” was a catch cry of the late 18th century campaign to abolish the Atlantic slave trade. It focussed on slave-grown sugar and was led predominantly by women in England. It was “dinner table by dinner table” activism.
What catch cry might bring a similar focus on child-slave chocolate?
(Not all chocolate involves forced child labour. Check donttradelives.com.au to find what companies produce “good” chocolate)
Tens of thousands of poverty stricken parents in Africa will be tricked into selling their children for a little as $1.50. They do so believing that the “recruiter” can offer their children a life of hope and fulfilled dreams.
Instead the children are often forced to work with dangerous pesticides and machetes, beaten into submission, poorly fed, and imprisoned when not working.
“Chocolate’s hidden ingredient – child slavery.”
Light a candle on your purple place as a prayer for the children who may have produced the chocolate in your Easter egg.
Use this image asan incentive for your meditation and prayer this Sunday.
When have you treated someone differently in speaking, action or thought because of the colour of their skin or ethnic background? This can be as simple as an assumption you made about them.
If justice is ‘the right ordering of power’ what might justice have looked like for them in your interaction?
(Today is also World Day for Water.)
Pray today for the poor of this world.
“(God has) already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously.” Micah 6: 8 (The Message Bible)
What does it mean for you to “take God seriously”?
“Justice is the right ordering of power.” Mark Labberton
“Justice is what love looks like in public.” Cornell West
Do you act justly toward your family, your boss, your colleagues, your friends, strangers, the disadvantaged, the environment, yourself?
Find a way to act justly today in one area or situation you don’t usually.
Yesterday you defined justice.
Does the God you serve act justly?
What situations do you see that happening in? (Sometimes its easier to describe where you don’t see it happening.)
What does that mean for you as a follower?
G20 Protests, Melbourne.
Use this image to reflect on today.
(Source: HERE) Continue reading “First Sunday of Lent”
In what ways would the song from yesterday be meaningful for a woman with her children in Christchurch at present, or a man who lost all his family in a tsunami, or a child soldier in Sudan, or a mother holding her child while he dies very slowly in her arms from lack of food?
Read Isaiah chapters 60 and 61 in the Bible (or online at biblegateway.com). How does the context of these words change their meaning?
An old song says of God,
“(God) gave me beauty (instead of) ashes,
the oil of joy (instead of) mourning,
and a garment of praise (instead of) a spirit of heaviness.”
At what times has this been your experience?
Place some ash and a small bowl of oil on your purple place to remind you of those ocassions.
If you ever wondered what is it all about Mardi Gras and Lent, here it is 🙂
See HERE a short biography of Oscar Romero.