Dear brothers and sisters,
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
there will be earthquakes in various places;
there will be famines.
Since Jesus’ time, there has rarely been a time of peace. There have been periods where there has been less conflict, or conflict on a smaller scale, but always some conflict.
Our own time is one of the worst for international war. The constant war in the Middle East, the seemingly always looming threat of economic collapse, the ever-growing number of bushfires, the never-ending stream of refugees throughout the world, these are not signs of the end times.
It is natural to worry about the future. We all want to know what is going to happen.
But Jesus reminds us to be present where and when we are: Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Be present to what is happening. Not worrying about what might happen, or whether things are getting that bad. Be aware of what is. Be ready to help. Be ready to fight injustice. Be ready to comfort. Be like Christ in the middle of it all. Be still, be present to what you are in.
The way to be present is to renounce all the violence. The way to be present is to unmask the causes of the violence, not add to them by taking sides. It is to be present to the suffering of economic hardship. It is not to bury one’s head in the sand and pretend that these things are not happening. They are happening, and they will continue to happen.
We can’t let these things bury us in a pit of helplessness, nor can we ignore them. We need to be in the middle of it, present to the pain. Worrying about whether it all is the beginning of the end times isn’t being present.
Look at what is happening around us, not in some way to predict the future, but to be truly present to what is actually happening. Be present as Christ was present to the suffering he witnessed.
It is by being present to what is occurring that we can be like Christ: helping, healing, teaching, showing the light and love of God to all we meet.
Peace be with you all.
- Parish financial update for September:
Income $12,967 Expenditure $19,122 Deficit $6,155
- Church Hosts: as visitor numbers are increasing there is now an opportunity for more people to be involved in keeping the church open and welcoming those who come. If you can spare a few hours please speak to Alastair Scott (343 5153).
- Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Women’s Fellowship: the last meeting for the year will be on Tuesday, 10:30 am in the parish lounge. Preparation of gifts for Walsh House, morning tea and fellowship. All welcome to come and meet with us. Details Pat Evans.
- Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
- Angelology Group: Thursdays 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
- Vestry meets on Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Vicar’s study.
Christmas Raffle: the Women’s Fellowship will have tickets available after Mass next Sunday. Proceeds for the Vicarage Building Fund.
The raffle will be
- A Handful of Change—Journeying through Advent: Craufurd Murray.
Copies available from Fr Craufurd, the parish office or Ecclesia Books for $10.
- Christian World Service is seeking a volunteer(s) to help with general
administration during the Christmas period. Details Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Double knitting or 4 ply wool. Please place in
boxat the back of the church . Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc . Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission every week with your gifts of groceries and other household items.