Fourth Sunday of the Year
It is rare for the readings seem to have a common theme. Love is the repeated message. Despite diverse expressions and different demands, it is constant and connected with justice: equity, peace, reconciliation and forgiveness. In Luke, Jesus was jump-started into action. Today’s gospel reading continues from last week with two diametrically opposed scenes in one narrative. The first is good news: Jesus reads the Isaiah scroll at the Nazareth synagogue. He preaches his first sermon and with one short verse announces: ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ The people assume that God’s blessings and liberation is coming their way: that these are exclusively for them.Read more
In 2021, PCP Pacific Outreach Officer Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang prepared a submission to the House of Representative Environment and Energy Committee on Climate Change expressing support for Independent MP Hon. Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bills. The PCP endorsed these Bills’ long-term commitment to emissions reduction through building a durable legal and policy framework for national climate action.
Third Sunday of the Year
Jesus’ words today are his first in Luke’s Gospel and caused quite some commotion in the community. Luke begins by pointing out that the driving force in Jesus life reflects God’s passion for people. An awareness of the direction of the Spirit is necessary because, as Jesus’ followers, we are implicated. Anointing by the Spirit for Jesus and for us will push us into the world seeking justice and peace. It can be risky! ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in their own hometown’ (Lk 4:24).Read more