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Serving Christ as an SJC volunteer

‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it for me.’ – Matthew 25:40 On Saturday 22 July, eight members of the Canberra Rotary Club, the irrepressible John Kent from St Peter’s Weston and I, sought grocery donations for St John’s Care outside Woolworths, at Majura Park, from 9 am to 4.30pm. Volunteer collectors were rostered on for around three hours. The day began quietly, revved up in the middle, and then quietened down after 2.30 pm. As a result, St John’s Care now has around 75 bags of groceries and over $550 in cash donations. Many spoke of how pleased they were to find a place where they could donate food. One person spoke

What does this parable mean for 21st century Christians?

Again this week Jesus is teaching through parables. The parable of the ‘Weeds among the Wheat’ – Matthew 13:24-30 & 36-43 – is a story of the good seed and bad seed growing together until the judgement. The weeds and the wheat grew up together. Some time passed before the hired servants noticed something was wrong and asked the owner, “Did you use only good seed in your field?” “Yes, I did,” he said. “Well, weeds and wheat are growing together,” they said. “Do you want us to go into the field and pull up the bad weeds right now? We can tell the difference between the bad weeds and good wheat?” “No,” was the owner’s reply. “Let the weeds and wheat grow together. If you pull up the weeds now y

Our sowing is not in vain

If the latest Census data is anything to go by, Australians are less religious than ever before. For the first time in Australian history, Australians who do not identify with any religion are the biggest “religious” group in the country. It means that Gospel stories like the Parable of the Prodigal Son, or the story of Jesus’ response to the woman caught in adultery which are so familiar to us, are foreign to many Australians, who do not understand that God’s mercy and welcoming embrace is offered to them. It can be discouraging to be a Christian in these current times. We have been greatly disturbed and ashamed by child abuse complaints to the Royal Commission. Churches all across the coun

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