Tui Motu InterIslands Magazine




  1. Wake Up! Mark 13

    Kathleen Rushton interprets Jesus’s sermon in Mark 13 uncovering the symbolic language and urging us to stay awake in our world Read more…
  2. Jesus Comes Bringing Peace — Luke 2:1-20

    Kathleen Rushton draws attention to how the story of Jesus’s birth in Luke 2:1-20 challenges our domesticated Christmas images and ideas. Read more…
  3. No Place for Greed on the Way — Mark 10:17-31

    Kathleen Rushton, interpreting Mark 10:17-31, highlights how greed works against discipleship of Jesus. Read more…
  4. Like a Child — Mark 9:30-37

    Kathleen Rushton shows in Mark 9:30–37 that childlikeness, not childishness, is a quality of discipleship. Read more…
  5. Being a Disciple — John 6:24-69

    Kathleen Rushton explains that in John 6:24-69 being a disciple means committing to believing into Jesus and in God’s mission. Read more…
  6. Completing God’s Work — John 6:1-21

    Kathleen Rushton points to significant aspects of John 6:1-21 that link the feeding story with the reason for Jesus’s ministry and our own ... Read more…
  7. God's Work in Seeds — Mark 4:26-34

    Kathleen Rushton interprets two parables in Mark 4:26-34 — the seed that grows by itself and the mustard seed. Read more…
  8. Life-Giving Breath of God — John 16:4-15; 20:19-23

    Kathleen Rushton discusses how the Pentecost gospel readings, John 16:4-15; 20:19-23, highlight the Holy Spirit as breathing life into the ... Read more…
  9. Abiding in the Vine — John 15:1-7

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON explains how the vine imagery in John 15:1-7 speaks of friendship with Jesus and abiding in God. Read more…
  10. Jesus Washed Feet — John 13-1-7

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON interprets Jesus’s action in John 13:1-17 as introducing a new ordering of relationships. Read more…
  11. Pilgrimage to the Dwelling Place of God: John 2:13-25

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON looks at how John 2:13–25 expands the “Clearing of the Temple” story and considers different understandings of the ... Read more…
  12. John the Baptist: John 1:6-8, 19-28

    KATHLEEN RUSHSTON explains the difference between John the Baptist in John’s Gospel from the other Gospels and the message he calls us to ... Read more…
  13. You Did it to Me — Matthew 25:31-46

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON shows how the righteous described in the parable of Matthew 25:31–46 are imitators of Jesus and in solidarity with the ... Read more…
  14. Come to the Wedding — Matthew 22:1-14

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON grapples with the Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-14 comparing the willingness of guests called to the ... Read more…
  15. Slavery IS Slavery — Matthew 18:21-35

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON uncovers the evil of human slavery in her reading of Matthew 18:21-35 and points out how often it is obscured or ... Read more…
  16. Come After Me — Matthew 16:21-28

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON explains the use of the lectionaries and interprets what is involved in following Jesus in Matthew 16:21-28.  Read more…
  17. Listen and Hear — Matthew 13:1-52

    In her interpretation of the parable of the baker woman KATHLEEN RUSHTON alerts us to the twists hidden in Matthew’s parables 13:1-52. Read more…
  18. The World God Loves — John 3:16-18

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON explains how the meanings of “the world” in John 3:16–18 are related to our involvement in good works.  Read more…
  19. Jesus and the Spirit — John 14

    In her reading of John 14 KATHLEEN RUSHTON points to the climax of the passion as the giving of the Spirit.  Read more…
  20. Journeying to Emmaus — Luke 24:13-35

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON uses two artworks in her interpretation of the Emmaus Story in Luke 24:13-35.  Read more…
  21. Opening of Eyes — John 9:1-41

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON interprets John 9:1-41 showing how the man born blind came to believe in Jesus.  Read more…
  22. Give Your Cloak As Well - Matthew 5:28-48

    In her interpretation of Matthew 5:38–48 KATHLEEN RUSHTON shows how Jesus calls disciples to engage in non-violent resistance of evil.  Read more…
  23. A Life-Changing Journey - Matthew 2:1-12

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON interprets Matthew 2:1-12 reflecting on the Magi’s visit to the newly-born Jesus in Bethlehem.  Read more…
  24. You Will Be With Me - Luke 23:35-43

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON reflects on the brief conversation between two dying men, Jesus and his companion, in Luke 23:35-43.   Read more…
  25. A Man With an Amazing Plan - Luke 19:1

    KATHLEEN RUSHTON writes that by misjudging Zaccheus in Luke 19:1– 10 we miss his vision for a better community.  Read more…
  26. Parables of the Lost and Stories of Mercy - Luke 15:1-32

    Kathleen Rushton examines three parables of the lost in Luke 15:1–32 showing what they reveal about relationships with God and one another.  Read more…
  27. Learning from the Line of Women - Luke 1:39-56

    Kathleen Rushton situates the visit of Mary to Elizabeth, Luke 1:39–56, within the story of biblical foremothers and points to the ... Read more…
  28. A Heart Moved to Mercy - Luke 10:25-37

     Kathleen Rushton provides new insights into the parable of the wounded man in Luke 10:25-37. Read more…
  29. The Anointing Woman - Luke 7:36-8:3

    Kathleen Rushton reveals that the woman who anoints Jesus’ head in Simon the Pharisee’s house in Luke 7:36-8:3 is a different woman from ... Read more…
  30. Belief in Jesus Changed the Church - John 16

    Kathleen Rushton shows in John 16 how a new way of telling the story of Jesus grew out of the Johannine community’s experience of being ... Read more…
  31. Jesus the Resurrected Gardener - John 20:1-9

    Kathleen Rushton traces the themes of creating and re-creating in John 20:1–9 and highlights the resurrected Jesus as completing the work ... Read more…
  32. Jesus, the Woman and the Pharisees  - John 8:1-11 

    Although the story of Jesus, the woman and her accusers is thought to go back to the life of Jesus, it was not until the third century ... Read more…
  33. Using and Abusing Power - Luke 4:13

    In her interpretation of Luke 4:1-13 Kathleen Rushton discusses the biblical character diabolos and the temptations Jesus faced to abuse ... Read more…
  34. The Word Made Flesh - John 1:1-18

    Kathleen Rushton explores the meaning of John 1:1-18 as a Christmas reading. Read more…
  35. Expand the Mind: Jesus and the Landscape - Mark 1:12-15

    Kathleen Rushton shows how landscape plays an important role in Jesus' understanding of his part in God's mission. Read more…
  36. Gifts of Soil and Wheat - John 12:20-33

    Kathleen Rushton explains how the evolutionary process of death and resurrection seen in soil and wheat reveal the gift-giving God.  Read more…
  37. Resurrection of Jesus - and the Disciples - John 20:1-9; 19-31

    Kathleen Rushton's interpretation of the section in John 20 reveals resurrection as a living in a new time or re-creation.   Read more…
  38. Everything is Interconnected - Mark 10:35-45

    Kathleen Rushton shows how the Sons of Zebedee in Mark 10:35-45 misunderstood Jesus’ vision of radical discipleship which draws us all ... Read more…
  39. Truth is God’s Faithful Saving Action - John 18:33b-37

    In her interpretation of John 18:33b-37 Kathleen Rushton contrasts Jesus and Pilate as images of kingly power and truthful relationships. Read more…
  40. For the Sake of the Gospel - Mark 8:27-35

    Jesus' challenge" "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me," (Mk 8:34) is not ... Read more…
  41. "I am the Bread of Life" - John 6:41-51, 60-69

    Kathleen Rushton invites us to sense and imagine the interconnections of place, human and divine in her interpretation of John 6:41-51, ... Read more…
  42. "Come, Eat my Bread ..." - John 6:1-15, 24-35

    Kathleen Rushton reveals the deep scriptural resonances that the Johannine community uses to describe Jesus as bread of life. Read more…
  43. Brother Grain and Sister Mustard Seed - Mark 4:26-34

    Kathleen Rushton explores two parables of the reign of God in Mark 4:26-34. Read more…
  44. Spirit Poured out in Living Water - John 7:37-39; 15:26-27; 16:12-15

    Kathleen Rushton traces the images of water and light in the Johannine Pentecost readings - John 7:37-39 and John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 or ... Read more…