Matthew 25: 31-45

For those of you who saw it, earlier this week the ABC[1] gave us, yet again, graphic evidence of the destructive effect of war – and, in particular, of the devastation which war inflicts upon civilian populations, and upon the most vulnerable element of that population: children. Continue reading “Matthew 25: 31-45”

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Isaiah 58: 9-14

A couple of weeks ago, we explored a reading from the beginning of the prophet Isaiah: a passage attributed to a prophet whom biblical scholars call “First Isaiah”, who was active in the years leading up to the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.  Today’s reading comes from the end of the text we now call Isaiah, from an individual known to scholars as “Third Isaiah”, a figure from the end of the Exile period and the return of the people to Jerusalem[1]Continue reading “Isaiah 58: 9-14”

Theology of Work: A Reflection

PRESCRIPT: This year, I was generously invited to give the Keynote Address to the Uniting Church Vic/Tas Synod Justice and International Mission (JIM) Unit’s Annual Conference. The Conference theme was: “Making Working Lives Better: A Christian Perspective on the Future of Work”. What follows is an extended version of the text of my Address: “extended” in the sense that it contains additional material which I deleted from my delivered speech for timing reasons, but which I nonetheless think is relevant.

May the grace and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, be with you all.

A reading from the Gospel According to Luke:

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day?” When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing. Continue reading “Theology of Work: A Reflection”