Ordinary 11

Vicar’s Reflection: 14th June 2015, Ordinary Sunday 11

Don’t despise small beginnings! Recently a San Francisco recycling centre discovered a rare Apple I computer donated by a woman who was clearing out her husbands ‘junk’ after he died. The Centre was seeking to find the woman because they recognised the value of the old computer and sold it to a private collector for about $US200,000. Only about 200 of the first-generation Apple computers were made. Now of course Apple is one of the biggest companies in the world and their products are used all around the world. “Don’t despise small beginnings.” These words are also to be found in the Bible. (Zechariah 4:10) They are used in relation to the work of Zerubbabel, the leader of the first group to return from exile in Babylon to re-establish the nation of Israel after it had been completely destroyed by the Assyrians. He began the work of building the second Temple in Jerusalem. All our readings today are about small beginnings. Jesus used the mustard seed as an analogy for the growth of the Kingdom of God. From small beginnings great things can develop. Those who do the planting do not always see the results. Do not be discouraged. When winters come this is the time to prepare the soil and to plant the seed. Growth will come. The church is today in such a time. Alex Czerwonka

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