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Women’s Month 2019: Be transformed by the Renewing of your mind

Dear Saints,



Our Scripture reading on Sunday took me back to the letter of Paul to the

Church in Rome:


”Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of

your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good

and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom 12:2)


So how do we read and understand this text in the context of Women’s Month or rather from a women’s point of view? I am of the opinion that our New Testament reading on Sunday

4th August gives us a clue as to the central truths of the Christian faith which can add value to the transforming and restoring the work of the Holy Spirit in us.



In chapter 3 of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he reminds the Christian community of their new life in Christ and has the following to say as part of his reflection:


“Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!” (Colossians 3:9-11)"



I read in this then, that If we are being transformed, our minds are renewed with knowledge according to the image of God who is our creator. We further see that renewal in us when barriers between people are broken down. We see that renewal when

we grow in our knowledge that equity and equality are part of a movement towards being restored into God’s likeness through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Transformation therefor happens when we grow in our ability to see God’s

image in the other, for according to Paul,


“... Christ is all and in all!”


This is confirmed by our Struggle slogan,


“An injury to one is an injury to all”.


Looking at Women’s Month from this perspective we understand then that violence to the “least of these my children” is violence against all of us. This makes us want to scream from the mountain tops like the song writer Andra Day with her song “Rise Up”:



You're broken down and tired

Of living life on a merry go round

And you can't find the fighter

But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out

And move mountains

We gonna walk it out

And move mountains

And I'll rise up

I'll rise like the day

I'll rise up

I'll rise unafraid

I'll rise up


And I'll do it a thousand times again

And I'll rise up

High like the waves

I'll rise up

In spite of the ache

I'll rise up

And I'll do it a thousands times again

For you

For you

For you

For you


When the silence isn't quiet

And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe

And I know you feel like dying

But I promise we'll take the world to its feet

And move mountains

We'll take it to its feet

And move mountains

And I'll rise up

I'll rise like the day

I'll rise up

I'll rise unafraid

I'll rise up

And...


Come therefore, let us rise p for ourselves! Let us rise up for women! Let us rise up for the world as we are being transformed by the renewal of our minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Kingdom of God is at hand in you through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Yours in Christ as always,

Revd Jacque


Come join us on Women’s Day tomorrow Friday 9 August @ 15h00 for the Holy Eucharist as we give thanks to God for women and the transformation we have entered into.

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