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Ordinary Sunday 10, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
June 6, 2021


Mark 3: 20-35


“ Here I am! Here we are!”


We give thanks for today’s gospel which warns of a pride so blinding it prevents “religious” people seeing the goodness in Jesus’ ministry among the last, the least and the little. We give thanks for invitations to self-examination, repentance, forgiveness, renewal. We give thanks for gospel freedoms – the freedom to live with and for one another – the joy in responding – “Here I am! Here we are!” – to love’s commands.

We might reflect a little on “thanks”, on thanksgiving. An ordinary and deeply theological word (the most theological word according to Meister Eckhart).

Eucharisteo (Greek), “thanksgiving”, contains the word charis, “grace” or “gift”. Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew his own life to be gift and gave thanks (Luke 22:19).

Eucharisteo also holds the word chara, meaning “joy”. Deep chara is found at the table of the Eucharisteo, the table of thanksgiving.

With Christ, then, we remember and give thanks. Because remembering with thanks helps us to trust, to really believe. Re-membering, giving thanks, makes us members again of the body of Christ. Re-membering, giving thanks, puts us back together again in this hurried and conflicted world (Ann Voskamp).

And with Christ, we revise and re-imagine (as if the kindom were truly present – beautiful and sustainable). We give thanks, anticipating faith and joy. All these memories and qualities of being and loving: manna in the wilderness, nourishment for all, radical hospitality, courage and nonviolent resistance, laughter, accompaniment, healing, self-sacrifice, creativity/storytelling …

 With Christ, we give thanks to First Nations leaders and drivers of the Uluru Statement, recipients of the 2021 Sydney Peace Prize … for Aunty Norma, Professor Megan Davis, Pat Anderson and Noel Pearson … Aunty Pearl and Uncle Keith, Aunty Val, Uncle Terry … Victoria, Brunson and Mahalia … Aunty “Nan” Melva …

We give thanks for community workers, leaders, protestors … for volunteers … writers, editors, photographers, distributors … artists, curators … gardeners … presbytery and synod leaders … our national president Deidre … elders and office bearers at SSUC … report writers … teachers and students, facilitators, cleaners … new members and friends, children, neighbours.

Let us give thanks to God for one another …

We give thanks for today’s gospel which warns of a pride so blinding it prevents “religious” people seeing the goodness in Jesus’ ministry among the last, the least and the little. We give thanks for invitations to self-examination, repentance, forgiveness, renewal. We give thanks for gospel freedoms – the freedom to live with and for one another – the joy in responding – “Here I am! Here we are!” – to love’s commands.

Silence.

We remember and give thanks.

We give thanks for today’s gospel which warns of a pride so blinding it prevents “religious” people seeing the goodness in Jesus’ ministry among the last, the least and the little. We give thanks for invitations to self-examination, repentance, forgiveness, renewal. We give thanks for gospel freedoms – the freedom to live with and for one another – the joy in responding – “Here I am! Here we are!” – to love’s commands. Amen.

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