Fourth Sunday in Lent

Kneeler 144

John 3

14 "And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.

17 Indeed, God did not sent the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

19 And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.

20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.

21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."

From The True Wilderness by H.A. Williams (Library of Anglican Spirituality ed. Susan Howatch) 1994 p113

So let me get straight to the point with the question: does our Christianity make for a better and a happier world or does it not? Well, frankly, I believe that quite often it does not …

The evil is too subtle to be so easily identifiable, and it can be found in all branches of the Christian Church, in every type and sect of Christianity.

…it is not really an intellectual error, a mistake avoided by the more intelligent among us. Fundamentally it is a failure not in intelligence, but in love. It is due to an insufficient apprehension of the charity which is God. And it is the very meaning of our self-inflicted exile from our home, and so from our fulfillment and our peace.

St Philip's Anglican Church,
cnr Moorhouse and Macpherson Streets, O'Connor, ACT 2602.