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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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The Cathedral Connection – 23 July 2017

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Weeds and Wheat Together

During the week I found myself over reacting to something one of my children had failed to do. His brother said to me, “Mum it wasn’t just what he did that upset you. There’s more to this than what he did.” Instead of going into denial mode and telling my son how wrong he was, I took some time to reflect on the situation. It didn’t take too long before I knew what he said had a lot of truth in it. I had been struggling with how I felt about myself and I saw my son’s failure to help me as confirmation of those feelings.

Most of my life I have always strived for perfection. In today’s Gospel Jesus is telling us that our only true perfection is our honest acceptance of our imperfections. We are all a mixture of weeds and wheat and we always will be. It’s in the messiness of everyday life that we come face to face with both the good and the bad in ourselves and others. As Martin Luther says, we are “simul justus et peccator“. We are simultaneously saint and sinner. We are weeds and wheat together. Understanding this helps us to neither think too highly of ourselves nor dismiss ourselves as terrible.

The learning for us is in accepting our own weeds, rather than getting entangled with the weeds of others. Then we are in a good place to love ourselves and others despite our faults or theirs.

With every blessing

Fiona Rammell
Lay Pastoral Leader

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The Cathedral Connection 9 July 2017

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Dear Parishioners

The other day I found myself in Cuba Street alongside the water buckets. As a child my mother would take us here and we would spend time watching how one bucket would fill up and then flow into the next one and so on. We were fascinated by these buckets. But this time what fascinated me was a sudden realisation that these buckets represented the constant outpouring of God’s great love for us. It never ends. The buckets just kept flowing. Each bucket didn’t fill up and then stop. It kept giving what it was receiving and pouring all it had out to the next bucket.

As this week’s Psalm reminds us: “The Lord is good to all.” But why is it then that it doesn’t always feel like this? We turn on the news. We hear about someone’s suffering or heartbreak. Life slaps us in the face. Where we ask is this goodness, this mercy, this love?

For me I believe it’s in the hearts of each and every one of us. It’s all in us poured into us from the minute we were born. It’s in the little things like when we smile at someone, help someone, take the time to just sit and be with someone. It’s there when we hold a door open for someone, give someone a compliment, ask them how their day is going, or cook them a meal. The list is endless. It’s in the bigger things when we are passionate about a cause and we set up something to help others. We all know of groups like this.

But one we may not know too much about is called The Apostleship of the Sea. Sea Sunday, as this Sunday is called, is an opportunity for us to become aware of a cause that may strike a cord in us to be that bucket of goodness and love that someone may need. It is always an outpouring of ourselves to one another. And the wonder of it all is that because we are in the flow we also become recipients of goodness and love.

With every blessing

Fiona Rammell, Lay Pastoral Leader

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