Martin the cobbler Advent 1 1 December 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: Martin the Cobbler. Advent 1, Sunday 1 December Martin, the Cobbler, is a story told by Leo Tolstoy about a poor and lonely shoemaker who is promised in a dream that Christ will come to visit his shop. The next day Martin rises early, gets his shop ready, gathers the last remaining food to make a meal for his expected guest and waits. The only one who showed up in the morning was an old beggar who came by and asked for rest. Martin let him lie on the bed he had prepared for his divine guest. In the afternoon only an old lady showed up, with a heavy load of wood. She was hungry and asked for food. He gave her what he had prepared for his divine guest. As evening came, a lo

Christ in all Creation 24 November 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: Christ in all Creation, 24th November 2019. Benjamin Franklin, an early leader of the United States put into verse an older proverb: “For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, / For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, / For the want of a horse the rider was lost, /For the want of a rider the battle was lost, / For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost, / And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.” This proverb is about how one thing leads to another (causality), and all things, no matter how insignificant are connected. A thought shared by William Blake in his poem that begins: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, / Hold Infinity in th

The full Catastrophe Ordinary 33 17 November 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: The full catastrophe! Ordinary Sunday 33, 17th November 2019. “The whole family is here: the full catastrophe!” Said someone at a recent family reunion. “Catastrophe comes from a Greek word meaning "overturn." It originally referred to the disastrous finish of a drama, usually a tragedy. This later came to mean any sudden disaster". Today catastrophe can refer to very tragic events as well as minor ones.” ( It’s a good word for describing today’s news from bushfires in Australia and California; the interruption of a murder trial; the impeachment hearings for a president; to climate change. We are seldom far from a sense of impending catastrophe. People fel

Oops! Wrong Question Ordinary 32 10th November 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: Oops! Wrong question! Ordinary Sunday 32, 10th November 2019 A young man and his parents were being shown around a great university campus. They visited the library, various colleges, lecture theatres, the auditorium, and science laboratories. They walked around the gardens, grounds and playing fields. At the end of their tour they were very impressed, and the young man asked: “This is all very grand but where is the university?” He had made a category mistake, wrongly thinking that the university was one institution amongst others, when in fact it was the overriding sum of all they had seen and more. Those who questioned Jesus made a similar category mistake when asking

All Saints Day 3rd November 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: All Saints’ Day, 3rd November 2019 The first words of the haka are ‘Ka mate! ka mate! ka ora! ka ora! – In other words: this is a matter of life and death. It may be a bit of an exaggeration, even for a World Cup rugby match, but the words are true. For all of us, each day can bring moments of life or death, depending on the choices we make, and our lives must come to an end one day. Facing the truth of our mortality inspires us to make the days of our lives as meaningful as possible. When we have just a few dollars we are careful how we spend them. When we know that our lives must end some-time we will use the remaining years, months or days as well as we can. We will wa

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