9th Sunday After Pentecost- 14th August 2011

Last week I quoted from a book by Anselm of Canterbury, and spoke about our need to be diligent and purposeful in our search for a deeper relationship with God. I was reminded by our lectionary readings, however, that a longing after the divine is not confined to those who have a faith in God.

People spend their lives striving to fill an emptiness or hunger within them, by all sorts of methods. For very many, fulfillment is never achieved!

We do well to remember that the love of God and the message of salvation is available and meant for all… not just a select few… but, in the words of St Paul in the 10th chapter of his letter to the Romans  – 14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’

If we have faith, we have hope and a way forward in even the darkest of times. How sad for those who have never known the love of God? I know I have said it before… but I think it is an often forgotten fact that there is a Mission Field at the door.

Who will share the love of God and the good news with them? Will it be you? Will it be the community of faith at St Paul’s Manly? And, if it is to be our faith community…”How can we work together to do this?”

If we are to be true to God’s call on our lives, these questions need to be considered. I know they have been weighing heavily on my heart and mind of late.

Love and Blessings

Reverend Shan