Blessed are the…

There’s a meme going around where Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor,” and someone interrupts him, “no, Jesus, blessed are all people.” The meme poignantly illustrates the insensitivity of the phrase “all lives matter” as aresponse to Black communities’ pain and anger. But the meme also brings two key Gospel...

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How do you keep the music playing?

Standing in the doorway of a 1930’s art-deco hotel room in Berlin, Greta Garbo, playing the part of a temperamental Russian ballet dancer, uttered the immortal words ‘I want to be alone’. Frustrated by her failing career, the Grand Hotel provided her with a sanctuary from the world around her....

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Boniface: Bishop, Visionary, Martyr

 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember that I am with you always to the end of the age....

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From sea to sea

Today’s first reading is Psalm 72. This psalm is a eulogy to the Davidic dynasty, the kings of Judah in the Hebrew Scriptures. The kings were anointed with oil at their coronation. When Israel and Judah were conquered by foreign powers, losing their sovereignty, songs like these were projected into...

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Visitation

On Monday our church celebrates “The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth”. This visit has always fascinated me in many ways.   First of all, “Why”? It is believed that Elizabeth lived in Ein Karem which is some 90 miles from Nazareth. This was a very long and...

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Down to the sea in ships

  Psalm 107: 23-30 (KJV) They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up...

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Speak the truth in love

I cannot remember exactly when or where it was, but the challenge was set. We were asked; “What is your favourite Bible verse, one that both describes you and encourages you?” At that point in my Christian voyage I did not know the Bible very well at all. It was...

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Why are you afraid?

And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” -Matthew 8:26   There’s a popular mantra that fear and faith cannot coexist, that when we’re feeling fear, it’s because we’re not trusting God enough. This verse from today’s lectionary is often trotted out as evidence for...

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Venerable

Today marks the feast day of the Venerable Bede, an Anglo-Saxon monk who died on Ascension Day (26 May) in the year 735. The day on which the Church remembers Bede has moved around over the course of history, in part as Augustine of Canterbury was already commemorated in the...

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Communion of life

So he [Jesus] came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints...

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