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The Cathedral Connection – 1 October 2017

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As a mother, this Gospel story really resonates with me. So often I ask my children to do something and the reply is, “yes I’ll do it later.” What I hear is, “I’m not going to do it but by telling you I am going to do it later it will mean you will get off my back.” On a good day I will let it go. But on a day when I am feeling a bit stressed I’ll argue the fact that I want it done now. And we all know only too well how that scenario plays out!

In the story it says the son changed his mind. In reality both sons changed their minds. They both did the opposite of what they said they were going to do. But what if what they did was more than just changing their minds? What if what really happened was a change of heart? It was this same change of heart that was easy for the tax collectors and prostitutes to do but for some reason the ‘so called learned’ just didn’t get it.

What is it that stops us from having a change of heart? What is it that makes us say one thing but then we do something else?

So often we find ourselves doing this. We may say we will pop in and have a cuppa with someone but we never really find the time. Or we may say we will get onto that pile of paperwork but there is always something more interesting to spend our time on. What really matters is right practice and right words.

Not so long ago, after hearing someone saying wonderful words but seeing their actions were not reflecting what they were saying, it made me sit up and think, “Am I like that? Do I do that?” I sat down and wrote in big bold letters: May my actions always reflect my words. We know the saying actions speak louder than words but what if we made a real point of our words and actions singing from the same song sheet and really resonating rather than being a clanging bell?

There’s a song by Neil Diamond called “What a beautiful noise.” It speaks about a beautiful noise going on everywhere and that it’s the music of life. It’s well worth listening to. Perhaps we can be the start of a revolution that has our words and actions singing off the

 

same music sheet creating a beautiful noise.

Fiona Rammell, Lay Pastoral Leader

 

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The Cathedral Connection 20 August 2017

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At home we have a golden retriever called Kobe.  He is nearly two years old and his favourite place to sit at dinner time is under the table. The rule in the house is to not feed him but somehow this seems to be a rule in name only as those around the table all seem to find something on their plates that they are willing to give him.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” In Jesus’ time the word “dogs” was a common colloquial expression among Jews for Gentiles. In this story, Jesus is on one of his few visits outside Jewish territory. The woman who speaks to him is non-Jewish. Her reply to Jesus is, “Even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their master.” Jesus responds by telling her she has great faith.  Why?

Because even though she is an outsider, someone who on the face of it did not qualify to be in Jesus’ company, let alone hear anything he had to say, through her great suffering she is determined to access the power of this person she has heard about. She will take whatever scraps she can get. Her first thought was not am I deserving of this. She was just persistently determined to be open to receive whatever this man Jesus could give her.

Just like Kobe sits under the table and is open to anything we give him, we too are invited to be open to receiving God’s grace and mercy, totally unearned and complete gift. We don’t receive it because we are good but because God is good. What’s more, the underlying theme running through all the readings today reminds us that this is freely available to everyone, all peoples, all nations, the world.

With every blessing
Fiona Rammell, Lay Pastoral Leader

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