Posted in Ordinary Time on Jun 18, 2016
Today’s Gospel marks a crucial turning point in Jesus’ mission. He’d completed his work in Galilee and was about to journey to Jerusalem and His Passion. In preparation Jesus prayed and then asked the apostles two vital questions. What did people make of Him? What did they, what do we, make of Him? In fact today’s Gospel is not just about Jesus’ identity, but also ours, as His followers.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Jun 11, 2016
Unless you believe in God, and specifically in the saving work of Jesus Christ, then talk of sin must remain a part of the inherited language of Christianity and a fading echo at that. As when someone in anger, but with little understanding of what is involved, can burst out, ‘Go to hell’. Let me explain.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Jun 04, 2016
Elijah befriends a foreign widow in a time of famine; she’s collecting sticks to make a fire to cook a last supper for her and her only son. A piece of bread, and then nothing. They will both die from the same famine which has driven Elijah out of Israel. He is parched with thirst and then when she goes to fetch him water he remembers he’s hungry too and asks her for a bite to eat.
Posted in Corpus Christi on May 28, 2016
‘Our Dominican parish of Holy Cross, Leicester has a long tradition stretching back almost two hundred years. And we are extremely fortunate in still having a lot of items that serve as a reminder of the past, which have survived the ravages of time and the numerous changes in the community.
Posted in Trinity on May 21, 2016
The Holy Trinity is at the heart of the Gospel. This is the Good News that was revealed to us. For even though there might be some people who on their own, that is not knowing the revealed truth, would be able to come to conclusion that there is God (as St Thomas Aquinas asserts), we needed the divine revelation to teach us that the One God is the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Posted in Pentecost on May 14, 2016
Fifty days have passed since Easter. Days of joy, but marked by uncertainty. The message of Easter Sunday is not a joy that is complete for us. We are invited to remain patient. During Eastertide, Alleluia has been our song: our alleluia song of joy announces the great abundance and generosity of God as he comes to us and saves us. The totality and completeness of his self-giving and all-embracing love demands something total and absolute from us, and we are not always ready or able to give that.
Posted in Easter on May 07, 2016
With our modern understanding of the world, the Ascension can be rather hard for us to comprehend. After all, surely if you go up and up into the sky, you don't go up into heaven at all, but you just end up going into outer space. So what was it that the apostles witnessed at the Ascension and what does the Ascension actually teach us?
Posted in Easter on Apr 30, 2016
Sometimes a recipe book will say something like, “Don’t worry that the mixture does not look good at this stage. That is how it is meant to be. Just put it in the oven, and it will turn out fine.” When faced with a culinary concoction that looks more like a lumpy puddle than something tasty to eat, this friendly advice is most reassuring!
Posted in Easter on Apr 23, 2016
Someone once told me that the purpose of a sermon is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Clever words, but I’m not convinced that it’s my job to decide who I think deserves to be afflicted; I’m fairly sure we all need words of comfort, of consolation, from time to time.
Posted in Easter on Apr 16, 2016
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is sometimes called Good Shepherd Sunday. Each year the Gospel reading is taken from St John chapter 10, where Jesus speaks of himself as the Good Shepherd. Sheep farming was a regular part of life in Palestine, which is why sheep and shepherds are a frequent image in both Old and New Testaments. For example, we probably all know the Psalm, ‘The Lord is my shepherd’, and the hymn based on it.