The flowering of the rod

Today’s story from Numbers brings us a miracle: the flowering of the rod. Moses and the Hebrew people are in the wilderness, apparently indefinitely, having fled their bondage in Egypt, but not yet having come to the Promised Land. The Hebrews are becoming antsy with their long journey, and have...

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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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Monreale and Montreal : Two Arks

When I was flipping through a book a couple of weeks into the pandemic lock-down I found a postcard tucked inside. It was bought when Jane and I visited the 12th century cathedral of Monreale in Palermo, Sicily, and gazed awestruck at the mosaics made of gold and coloured glass...

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What is our work?

1 Thessalonians 5: 12-28  In this strange period we’re experiencing, time itself seems to have changed. The indistinguishable days go by in a blur, without the structure of our former schedules. Some of us are out of work; others are adapting to working in completely different ways; suddenly we’re faced...

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A new song?

O SING unto the Lord a new song : for he hath done marvellous things (Ps. 98:1)   I have always loved the psalms. For me, they are the most expressive, and arguably the most honest, part of the Bible. When I was going through the discernment process in the Diocese of...

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This is the way; walk in it

“Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet...

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Freedom

It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.” Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. (John 6:45) In my text of last Thursday, I spoke to you about Peace, in a perspective of faith, being seen as a certitude...

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A gift?

Since the beginning of our current crisis and the start of isolation and confinement, the media have been awash with advice on how we might successfully use this time in order to self-improve and catch up with our lives, while remaining healthy and making ready for a new normality.  And...

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The Martyrs’ Call to Us

Today is set aside by the Anglican Church in remembrance of the Christian martyrs of the 20th (and 21st) centuries. The book For All the Saints in our sacristy gives short biographies of just a few modern Christian martyrs: the Burmese martyrs of the 1940s; European Christian martyrs against Nazism;...

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Walking on water

We wanted to kill Love – Carried by the Easter liturgy, I decided to write a series of 3 texts to help us see this time of imposed confinement as Good News. I would like to say that in my life I try to apply this maxim in a perfectly...

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