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Week 471–The Bush Deacon–Josh Clayton–Jason
The Bush Deacon–Josh Clayton–Jason (At a recent funeral Josh reflects on the life of Jason, a person who had always been on the edges of life, always been on the edge of community life, of church life, but that always taken part in so many different things in the wider community. One of the challenges about Jason was he didn't really fit the perfect mould of someone going to church. He challenged us to realise that sometimes being a disciple, sometimes being a follower of Jesus, isn't as one-dimensional as we like to have it. Jason was being more than just himself, he was being Christ to us, and it gave us a chance to help him as well and to be Christ to him and I wonder whether we noticed the Jason's in our lives. God bless Jason, God bless all he helped to encounter God in a deeper and stronger way.)
Week 471–Faith Testimony–Verity Lebeter (Caloundra, Qld)
Faith Testimony– Verity Lebeter (Caloundra, Qld) Verity talks about her life and faith journey to become a National Evangelisation Team member with Journey Editor Max Norden. A Year 12 experience with her local NET changed the direction of her life with the decision to take faith in Jesus seriously and become a Catholic.)
Week 471– God in the Everyday–Fr Mike Delaney–Who Made God
God in the Everyday–Fr Mike Delaney–Who Made God? (Fr Mike has been dealing with quite a few other tricky and challenging questions of five-year-olds during some school visits. During one visit came the question which challenges every time, who made God? Before Mike could answer, another little girl piped up and said God doesn't need to be made because God is love and love just is. Asked how she knew that the girl said that her mum told her that she, her mum, loved her just because she was her daughter and would always love her and that's what God does as well. Thinking about it later, Fr Mike reflected how often we get caught up in big ideas and words to speak about these truths when sometimes the best answer might be the simplest.)
Week 471–Wisdom from the Abbey–Mother Hilda–Love Can Die
Wisdom from the Abbey–Mother Hilda–Love Can Die (Mother Hilda reflects on Lebanese Maronite Christian poet Kahlil Gibran famous work, “the prophet,” in which a man of wisdom, the prophet, is asked to speak to the people of fictional Orphalege about varying subjects. Mother Hilda says his description of love is a very accurate description of God and our life with God. How hard it is sometimes for you and me to believe in a God who invites us into that deepest of mysteries, love. Mother Hilda says God gives only himself and takes nothing away from you, rather he takes from himself, and he gives to you. In his love he does not possess you, you're free to choose to love him or reject him. And the prophet goes on “when you love you should not say God is in my heart but rather, I am in the heart of God. And Mother Hilda says: yes, that's our true resting place.)
Week 471–Gospel Reflection–Fr Slawek Plonka–Baptism of Fire
Gospel Reflection–Fr Slawek Plonka–Baptism of Fire (Fr Slawek says this gospel makes us feel uncomfortable, it makes us realise that we may be God fearing people who do the right thing and still experience suffering injustice, division and discord. Jesus is here not to create paradise on Earth, to miraculously fix everything and everyone, and let us live in blissful happiness every day. He is here to baptise us with fire to immerse us fully in God's love and to guide us safely into the fullness of life which we call heaven. If we expect that from him, we won't be disappointed, we will be saved.)
220814 The Journey Week 471
On The Journey This Week: Fr Slawek Plonka’s Gospel reflection on a baptism of fire to immerse us fully in God's love. Mother Hilda reflects on a famous poem, “The Prophet.” Plus, a faith testimony from Verity Lebeter (Caloundra, Qld), Fr Mike Delaney on dealing with challenging questions of five-year-olds during school visits, and Josh Clayton reflects on the life of Jason, a person on the edges of life, who challenged us to realise that sometimes being a follower of Jesus isn't as one-dimensional as we like to have it.
Love this podcast as it provides inspirational speakers and music who I can connect with in a way that makes living with God as the centre of my life something that seems possible. Well worth listening to the whole show but the segment highlights are great to catch up with when you're on the go or to share with others.