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  • Resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come

    Posted in Lent on Mar 26, 2016

    Tonight we celebrate the defeat of death. St Paul wrote to the Romans: 'As Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glory, we too might live a new life.' Death has no dominion over us. This sounds wonderful but what does it mean?

  • The Three Herods

    Posted in Lent on Mar 19, 2016

    There were three Herods, all of the same ruling dynasty, all mentioned in the New Testament, though Luke does not make this clear and I suspect most Christians, then and now, assume there was only one nasty Herod. First there was King Herod the Great, a ruler with a blood-thirsty reputation. He was King when Jesus was born. He welcomed the magi to Jerusalem and then schemed to kill baby Jesus and did manage to kill the Holy Innocents.

  • Neither do I condemn you

    Posted in Lent on Mar 12, 2016

    The Scribes and the Pharisees ask Jesus: “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”

  • Mercy and Justice Have Embraced

    Posted in Lent on Mar 05, 2016

    What is today’s Gospel parable really about? Mercy is clearly central to the parable. The father is lavish in his mercy. The younger son receives more mercy than he expects. The elder son is chided for thinking the mercy shown is excessive and in some way unfair on him. This could be summed up as ‘Be merciful as your heavenly father is merciful.’

  • Who am I?

    Posted in Lent on Feb 27, 2016

    Moses, an exile tending the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, priest of the Midianites, sees something strange: a bush blazing, but not consumed, and ambles across to inspect it further. There’s no sense in the opening lines of this episode of any particular urgency on Moses’ part, rather a welcome interruption of the tedium of herding.

  • The Transfiguration

    Posted in Lent on Feb 20, 2016

    Why did this happen? We might answer by saying - Jesus, their Lord and Master, was to be condemned as a blasphemer and rebel, mocked, publicly flogged, and hung, naked, to die horribly on a Roman gibbet. His followers would need some reminder of who he really was, to see them through this ordeal.

  • Incarnate Humility

    Posted in Lent on Feb 13, 2016

    Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ These are fitting words to end the Lord’s Prayer. They summarise of all our petitions, for the basic prayer we make is, ‘Save us!’ But at a deeper level, these are words which Jesus Christ taught us in order to bring us into his life.

  • God put Abraham to the test

    Posted in Lent on Feb 28, 2015

    Why? That is the natural question to ask when we hear the first line of today’s readings. What, exactly, was God trying to show Abraham? And why did it require such extreme, seemingly cruel, measures?

  • A new beginning?

    Posted in Lent on Feb 21, 2015

    For us to accept its truth, the Bible must present a recognisable picture of what our lives are like, by showing us what the problems are, how to deal with them and what happens if we make the wrong decisions.

  • Humble Penance

    Posted in Lent on Feb 18, 2015

    When you give alms … When you pray … When you fast ...’ In Jesus’ words to his disciples which we hear in today’s Gospel, he takes it for granted that his disciples will do these things: it’s not if, but when.