Ordinary 12 Sunday 21 June 2020

Reflection Study on the Epistle, Romans 6.1-11 There are a number of occasions in Paul’s letters where he seems to be answering specific questions addressed to him, to which he proceeds to respond. The opening sentences of our passage provide a good example of this. “What shall we say? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!” The question reflects a misunderstanding of the relationship between sin and grace. Sin is impossible because in Baptism we die to sin – “We who have died to sin, how can we live in it? Or are you ignorant that so many as have been baptised into Christ Jesus have been baptised into His death?” This mystical union between Christ and the bapt

Ordinary 11- Sunday 14 June 2020

Today’s Epistle passage is from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, 5.1-8. This is a very dense piece of theology. Some readers feel Paul’s theology is too complex, but what he writes has been carefully thought out and expressed with appreciation for the memorable phrase and imagery. Paul’s theology is original, formed in a clever mind working together with the Holy Spirit. Our passage begins with the great statement that ‘Having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ’. This statement enunciates Paul’s doctrine of justification by faith. To be justified means to be brought into a right relationship with God. This is something which God does for those who a

Trinity Sunday 7 June 2020

Reflection for Trinity Sunday Trinity Sunday sums up the Mighty Acts of God from Good Friday through Passiontide, the Crucifixion and Resurrection, the Ascension and the descent of the Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday also shows the Mighty Acts as the work of the three Persons of the Trinity – God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God in three persons. The Persons are not created; I suggest a helpful way of expressing the Trinity is to say that the Persons of the Trinity are manifestations of the one true God. Within the Trinity there are relationships – we say that God is Love. Love requires an object, so the Father loves the Son. Within the Godhead there are dynamic relat

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