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One More Step Along the World I Go

lentLismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sun 22nd Feb 2015   7.30am Lismore, 10am Nimbin, Wed 25th Feb 11am Lismore

One More Step Along the World I Go      Mark 1:9-15

 

We have two choices when it comes to how we live. One is to keep ourselves separate from those who are different from us, from our environment, and from the big issues that face our world. This is an easy road, mixing only with those who think like us.

Another way is to “think globally, but act locally,” recognising that what we do affects others, and what happens to others ultimately affects us.

It takes deliberate work to shift our awareness away from our own perspectives and concerns to one where we see the interconnectedness of all creation, but it’s a life-giving shift. When we see ourselves as citizens of God’s interconnected Reign, we start to experience the healing that comes from embracing our neighbours as friends, and from caring for our world and its creatures as companion recipients of God’s grace. Once we have embraced this vision, we begin to recognise that the smallest of acts can have great healing consequences, and that small acts of kindness and generosity do actually contribute to world peace. We discover that even the smallest acts of kindness make our world safer, and that caring for our small corner of creation can make a difference to climate change. Living simply does help to reduce over-consumption. It’s the small acts, connected and shared, that can have a huge impact – which is why Jesus preached his message to small groups, and called individuals to follow. We are a global community numbering in the billions who can, if we choose, make a massive difference in helping to heal our world.

(Adapted from http://sacredise.com/lectionary/2015/01/lent-1b/#more-473)

 

Genesis 9:8-17
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring
clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

1 Peter 3:18-22
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you–not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Mark 1:9-15
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”