Tuesday 26 January 2021

About Today Readings

Australia Day

Isaiah 32:15-18. The Lord speaks of peace to his people – Psalm 84(85):9-14. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 / Romans 12:9-13. Matthew 5:1-12 / Luke 12:22-32.

On Australia Day I reflect on the gift of our nationhood.

Paul talks of the gifts of the spirit. I’d like to believe that from this land we have our own unique spirit, most strongly understood by those with indigenous heritage. Paul’s discussion of the gifts of the spirit has some parallels with the values we believe form part of our nation’s character. ‘…to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit of the common good.’ This reminds me of ‘the fair go’. Do we give others a ‘fair go’? The Beatitudes being the Gospel on Australia Day gives me the opportunity to reflect on this advice from Jesus for how I might live as a Christian in Australian society. The Beatitudes give positive advice on living as a good Christian. They challenge us to follow the actions of others who show these particular Christian qualities. Are there others around you who live out the beatitudes?

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