Fifth Sunday in Lent – 18th March 2018

Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts.
Then I will be their God and they shall be my people….
They will all know me, the least no less than the greatest….
Since I will forgive their iniquity and never call their sins to mind.
First Reading

Jesus clearly identified himself with the ‘least’ rather than with the ‘greatest’. To the truly poor of his time he took the good news that God’s presence was with them in a special way. He encouraged them to believe in that presence and to allow it to give new meaning and new hope to their lives.

Deep within our hearts we ‘know’ God in the way Jesus wanted people to discover God. The Gospel today speaks of a ‘dying’ to be endured if the seed planted is to come to life. The questions the readings pose for us, then, are: How can I nurture this ‘knowing’ which is deep within my own heart? What do I need to weed out if this knowing is to grow within me?

Reflections for Sundays
“God is With Us”
Michael Morwood MSC

Fourth Sunday in Lent – 11th March 2018

God loved us with so much love that God was generous with mercy; when we were dead through our sins, God brought us to life with Christ – it is through grace that you have been saved and raid up with him and given a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus.

This was to show for all ages… infinitely rich God is in grace. Because it is by grace that you have been saved; through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit.

Second Reading

If Christians were more familiar with this passage of scripture it might balance the all too common belief that we have to win our ways to heaven by what we do. It is a reading that should spring to our minds, one we should be familiar with, whenever we think about ‘getting to heaven’.

One way of praying the passage and helping it to sink into our hearts and minds is to imagine God speaking the words to us. For example, ‘Marie, I have loved you with so much love…I have brought you to life, I have found you a place in heaven…’

Work through the passage that way, giving God thanks for the gift being offered you, a gift you have no intention of refusing!

Reflections for Sundays
“God is With Us”
Michael Morwood MSC

Third Sunday in Lent – 4th March 2018

Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple – Gospel

Is it unchristian to get angry? Jesus is clearly angry. The situation demanded it and he acted accordingly. Showing his anger was honest and courageous. A weaker person would have walked away without any action.

There are times when showing anger can be a challenge to act like Jesus. We need to discern these times carefully for we know we can use anger recklessly and thoughtlessly on others. But when situations demand an angry and outraged reaction, we should know it is Christ–like to give expression to it. To show anger is at times a courageous action. There may be consequences we would rather not have to live with.

At such times there can come a temptation that the true Christian spirit is to forgive or excuse or not to disrupt harmony or hurt others’ feelings. So we do nothing…..we  allow unjust, unhealthy, unchristian attitudes and actions to prevail in our midst.

Second Sunday in Lent – 25th February 2018


In the words of Pope Francis:

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

First Sunday in Lent – 18th February 2018

Mark’s was the first of the Gospels to be written. These words are the first recorded words of Jesus in this Gospel. They are remarkable in that they link repentance with believing the Good News. It is like saying: You have to change the way you think and act if you are to be able to hear and believe the Good News.

Repentance or conversion is something to which we are all constantly called. Without it we run the risk of slipping back into routine and comfort. Lent comes and reminds us to take an honest look at ourselves and the stand we take to the message of Jesus. Whatever penance, acts of denial, extra prayer or good works we do, we do them not to win God’s love but to prod ourselves into deeper awareness of God’s kingdom among us and our responsibility to give witness to it.

Car Boot Sale – Saturday 17 February, 8:00 – 11:30am

This year we are holding our CAR BOOT SALES monthly with St Peters Wynnum.

The first one is Saturday 17th February from 8:00 – 11:30am at

St Peter’s Anglican Church, 84 Bride St, Wynnum

A car boot sale in the middle of Wynnum! Come along, browse, and pick up a bargain. Cakes and Sweets, Pickles and Jams, Books, Sausage Sizzle, Espresso Coffee and more!

Sites are only $10 each. Contact Chris 0413 936 138 or

Transfiguration – 11th February 2018

Every human being has a need to be touched. Jesus touched he leper. He did not need to do so in order to heal him. By touching him, Jesus broke the law demanding separations (cf the first reading), and so made himself an outcast, having to ‘stay outside in places where nobody lived’.

Jesus often touched people. He understood that touch has its own power to communicate, and that some people need touch for reassurance of acceptance.  Jesus put his fingers into the ears of a deaf man and touched his tongue with spittle (Mark 7:34). He took a blind man by the hand and put spittle on his eyes (Mark 8:32). People brought children ‘for him to touch them.’

Like others, Jesus himself appreciated being touched. In chapter 7 of Luke we have the story that gave scandal: Jesus allowed himself to be touched and
anointed by a woman who was a known sinner.

Reflections for Sundays
God is With Us
Michael Morwood MSC

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany – 4th February 2018

Today’s Gospel is not just about physical healing; it brings the message of hope. Life can be burdensome at times, but it surely would be worse without the hope we have. The burden is not the end of, nor the whole of life. We cannot run from the burdens that come upon us at times, and it surely is a blessing (of the type Jesus mentions in the Beatitudes) to know and believe in a God who is present with us.

The heart of Jesus yearned to relieve people of the burdens they carried, all kinds of burdens. The relief Jesus offers us may not be the disappearance of the burden. It may be more the fact that we have a friend who understands, for he, too, carried great burdens.

Reflections for Sundays
God is With Us
Michael Morwood MSC

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 28th January 2018

People experience a difference in the way Jesus taught. He did not speak down to them. He did not lay burdens on them, he practiced what he preached. It is easy to imagine the people thinking:

“Yes, this man knows our situation.
He speaks as one of us.”

Jesus knew what it was like to be poor and merciful, knew the struggle to be a peacemaker and to be pure in heart and to keep on trusting God when times were tough. His teaching was different also in that it encouraged people to believe in themselves. This is a feature of good authority.

Reflections for Sundays
God is With Us
Michael Morwood MSC