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Weekly Reflections

The great feast

Last Sunday we heard of tenants who murdered their landlordís slaves, and then his son, in order to avoid paying rents and steal the sonís inheritance. In this weekís parable from Matthew, the violence is even more extreme and baffling. People invited to a royal feast in honour of a Kingís son refuse to come, and murder the slaves sent to invite them. The insulted host destroys the invitees and their city, then asks people from the streets to his feast instead.

 

Lukeís version of this parable, and the similar story in the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas, do not have the murdered slaves or violent retaliation that we hear today (Luke 14:15-24, Thomas 64). A great feast is a common image of Godís kingdom in both Old and New Testaments, and this parable is often read as a reproach of people who reject the invitation to Godís kingdom. But Lukeís version also has a positive message: the poor and the crippled are unexpected invitees to Godís feast.

 

Matthew, though, may see this parable as an allegory of the early church. The original guests represent the Jewish community and its leaders, who rejected the Christian message, sometimes violently. The ruined city is Jerusalem and its temple, destroyed in 70CE.  For Matthew, the parable may explain the fall of Jerusalem and vindicate his own, persecuted, community. But the parables in Luke and Thomas are probably closer to Jesusí original message.

 

 Nicky Cusworth

LENT STUDY 2017 

Our book will be Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Sign up sheet in foyer, you can buy a hard copy for $13, or get a kindle/electronic version for about $7 (the US Amazon site is often cheapest.)The study group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Holland Room, starting on 7th March.

 


ADVENT STUDY 2016 with Meditation

Short discussion on weekly readings followed by meditation each Wednesday at 7pm in the Holland Room.

 

LENT STUDY 2016

Our weekly LENT study will begin in the Holland Room at 7pm, Wednesday 17th February. We will be reading Reflections for Lent 2016 by Paula Gooder, Andrew Davison, Martyn Percy and Steven Croft. Copies of the book will be available from the office for $16.50, or you can buy the Kindle edition from Amazon for about $5. Please sign up in the foyer if you would like a copy of the book and/or would like to attend the study group.

 

ADVENT STUDY 2015

This year we will read Richard Rohrís Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent.

We will meet on Wednesday evenings in the Holland Room at 7pm, starting on

Wednesday 2nd December.

Please sign up on the sheet in the foyer if you would like a book, and would like to attend the study meetings.  A hard copy of the book costs $12, or you can download it from Amazon for kindle if you prefer for about $6.

 

PAST STUDY GROUPS:

LENT STUDY 2015

Lent study this year will be on Wednesdays at 7pm in the Holland Room, beginning 25th February 2015 (the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday). We will be reading Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter  by various authors, the companion book to Watch for the Light, which we read during Advent.

ADVENT STUDY 2014

Our Advent study will use Watch for the Light, a collecting of daily readings by authors including Henri Nouwen, T. S. Eliot, Thomas Merton, John Donne, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Day, Meister Eckhart, Sylvia Plath and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Please sign up in the foyer to order the book ($20), and indicate if you will attend the study group, which will meet at 7pm on Tuesdays during Advent (starting 2nd December.)

SEPTEMBER BOOKCLUB 2013

We will be reading Richard Rohrís Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the two halves of life.

Weekly notes are available to reflect on your reading using the study journal. Contact the office and we can email these to you.

We will discuss the book at a bring and share dinner on Thursday September 19th at 7pm.

AUGUST BOOKCLUB 2014

We will be discussing Marcus J Borg's novel Putting Away Childish Things on Thursday 7pm 14th August at a bring and share supper in the hall 

2012 ADVENT STUDY BOOK

The Vigil by Wendy Wright can be purchased for $8.95. See Gail or Nicky Cusworth to order. Study Group will be Thursday 6th, 13th & 20th December at 7pm

 


Lent Study:

2012  LENT STUDY

Thursday evening 7-8pm

Feb 21st,  March 7th

Based on Henri Nouwenís

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

 

2012 LENT MEDITATION

Thursday evening 7-8pm

Feb 14th, 28th

 


 Please contact the Parish Office for information on current groups.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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