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