The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Pentecost 4c, 2019 – Refugee Sunday

Our country today is much more diverse than it was even ten years ago, and in this we are more blessed than many other nations of the world. Our Church too has   become a haven to peoples of many cultures and assorted political views. God welcomes and accepts them all. “Come to me,” he bids his people in the familiar comfortable words from scripture and in the Eucharist Rite in our prayer book, “all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”  To be poor and “heavy laden” in ancient Israel was not a curse, for the entire nation had experienced exile and privation. Indeed, the anawim Yahweh, the “poor of God,” were considered to be among God’s most beloved. Perhaps to the extent that we as a nation continue to welcome among us the “huddled masses yearning to be free” can we hope to enjoy God’s favor and find rest for our own too often rootless souls.  Pentecost 4c 19