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Sermon Trinity 4

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  Dear Lord, grant us patience for today to navigate any challenges we encounter as your Church. With You by our side, nothing is impossible. We pray for Your Holy Spirit to fill us with grace and patience, so we may end the day with our heads held high. We entrust all to You, Lord. Amen. (https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/10-prayers-for-patience.html#google_vignette) In today’s gospel reading we encounter two parables on the subject of the seed being put together.  If you still recall, last year I preached on the parable of the Mustard Seed and this year I am focusing on the first parable of the;  Growing Seed.    The picture we get in this parable is of a farmer who has sown the seed and then does nothing to it until harvest time. In our contemporary world, that will be a bad example of what is expected in farming. Instead, he sleeps and wakes up night and day as if nothing has happened, and he does not bother about the seed which he has sown on the ground. If you analyze Jesus’

Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9). A Theological Reflection on the 80th Anniversary of the d-D- Day Landings in Normandy

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  Today marks 80 years since the D-Day invasions by the allied forces by both air and sea to drive out the Nazi forces. This was the world's bravest operation as 150 000 allied soldiers stormed Normandy from five beaches namely Omaha, Juno, Sword, Utah and Gold. June 6, 1944 will remember engraved in the memories of many people as they try to imagine how the atmosphere was on that particular day. This was an operation that came with a price as an estimate between 5000-12000  allied forces died on the day while between 4000-9000 German soldiers also died.  As I was following some of the live coverage proceedings of the celebrations today, several reflections developed in my mind. Firstly, seeing the remnants of that operation who are now in the late 90s and early 100s I wonder how they managed to deal with these horrific memories of this day for 80 years. Listening to their passion narratives of the operation, one can vividly imagine how suicidal was it. Secondly, how did the famili

Enjoying the Spirit of Pentecost

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  The feast of Pentecost is celebrated fifty days after the Easter Day. The name comes from the Greek word pentekoste which means fiftieth. However, Pentecost is a Jewish feast that has been celebrated since the Old Testament times, being called the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks in Jewish tradition. It is mentioned in five places in the Pentateuch (Exodus 23, Exodus 24, Leviticus 16, Numbers 28, and Deuteronomy 16). In the Christian calendar, it is the day that is celebrated to mark the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. The Book of Acts of the Apostles in chapter two vividly narrated this event that took place in Jerusalem. Today we celebrate it as the birthday of the church because on this day after Peter’s testimony over three thousand people repented and were baptized. Every year, Christians around the globe gather in their churches to celebrate this day in unique ways. The chaplaincy of St Philip & St James in Palma de M

Celebrating the World Vocation Sunday

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  Texts  Acts 4:5-12  Psalm 23  John 10:11-18 Vocation means what you are called by God to be and do. Everyone has a vocation. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates her attention on raising up shepherds for God's people - vocations to Holy Orders (the priesthood and diaconate) and to the religious life - while encouraging all who are discerning their vocation to pray more earnestly that they may hear and respond to God's call. The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Vocations Sunday or Good Shepherd Sunday, and is marked as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The purpose of this day is to fulfil Jesus' instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38).  Exegeting the Text  ‘I am the good shepherd’ This shepherd image reminds me of the bishop’s charge when we were ordained priests 21 years ago. This is how the bishop’s charge to those to be ordained priests reads, “…following the Good Shepherd, you will car