Saturday 26th January, 2013
Australia Day. Isaiah 32:15-18. The Lord speaks of peace to his people - Ps 84(85):9-14. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 / Romans 12:9-13. Matthew 5:1-12 / Luke 12:22-32. [NZ – Ss Timothy and Titus].
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‘Go, eat the feast, drink the sweet wine, and send a portion to those who have nothing prepared.’
When they returned from exile to their homeland, the people of Israel had plenty to celebrate. But they were reminded of their obligations of generosity and hospitality. Many of those who were in the party that stepped ashore at Botany Bay had little to celebrate - nor did those who already called this land ‘home’. Those new arrivals went on to build a great nation.
As we commemorate the early white settlers, may we remember not just to celebrate but also to make generosity and hospitality a central part in our lives. May we take Paul’s words to our hearts: ‘Have a profound respect for each other; have hope; do not give up; make hospitality your special care’.