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Carangal, North Head

Last Sunday afternoon, twenty of us gathered at North Head, where our host Dennis Foley took us on an adventure.

We walked by foot; we journeyed in spirit and imagination as Dennis shared stories from the Gai-marigal peoples, the original inhabitants of that place. They call it, ‘Carangal.’

As the 15th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York approaches, I was especially taken by the story about the way indigenous tribes once solved disputes.

A warrior from each aggrieved party took his place, standing 100 metres away from his opponent.

The good, the bad, and the ???

Recently, I was looking at the well-known passage from Ecclesiastes 3, ‘For everything, there is a season; there is a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die…’

The passage lists a range of experiences, each of which has its own time, its own season. There is even a time ‘for killing and for healing.’ (v.3)

This list is a little curious. It does not specify, for example, that the time for healing trumps the time for killing.

The list implies that everyone participates in each and every season at some point.

Did you enjoy it?

This week I have been struck by contradictory experiences.

Last Sunday morning, ten members of the Party for Freedom, a group aligned with One Nation, invaded the worship service at Gosford Anglican, dressed in mock Muslim garb and chanted anti-Islamic slogans.

Who is a fool?

We are frequently told to invest wisely and to make sure we have sufficient savings for our retirement.

Jesus, however, told a parable about a wealthy landowner who did exactly that, investing wisely and increasing his capacity for crop storage, and was labelled a fool (Luke 12: 13-21).

This parable, first told 2,000 years ago, offers a disarmingly acute insight into the workings of contemporary culture.

The parable speaks of narcissism and wealth creation.

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