Homilies by Rev. Andrew Collis unless indicated otherwise.
‘Learning to be brave’
We receive the sign of ashes [today if not Ash Wednesday] not to make us feel bad about ourselves, but to be honest about our need of Help, our errors and deep-
In a desert place of prayer we rethink what we do, on what we expend energy and time, what we buy and eat and wear, what we desire most, what we labour at, what we expect of others and ourselves, what we think it means to be human, to be Christian, to be loved and to love, to be saved and to be safe.
Lent is about learning to be brave. It is about learning the courage to say No to temptations to popularity, power and populism – and we can learn that in and through fasting, by various withdrawals and abstinences (taking time for Christian prayer and ritual in place of participation in consumerist rites and blind obedience to civil authorities and cultural norms).
Perhaps a deeper self-
The crucifixion is first and foremost a disaster – a violent and lamentable and all-
The discipline we are invited to undertake, then, is that of suspending commitment to explanations of suffering, to journey with disciples confused and hurt, that we might be appalled, and that our beliefs might not shield us from what is real so much as encourage resistance to what is harmful.