A Life of Blessings

In Advent we are waiting for the coming of the Lord, as Emmanuel, God with us, and also as our King returning in glory at the end of time. Advent is a time when we prepare for this coming; we make ourselves ready. And, as we do not know the day nor the hour, we learn...

Where is God?

Last Sunday Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was being interviewed on the programme “Songs of Praise.” Asked about his reaction to the cold-blooded murder of 130 civilians in Paris earlier this month, he said “…as I was walking, I was praying...

Apocalypse Now

As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’ When he was...

Bartimaeus Our Teacher

Blind Bartimaeus sits by the side of the road and calls out as Jesus passes by. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” When he is scolded by the disciples he cries out even louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” What would Bartimaeus, a humble man of...

The Wisdom of Jesus

“They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise...

The Holy Cross

Today is the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; our church is dedicated not to a saint or saints but to the cross on which Jesus died. When I walk down the hill past the football ground I can see visible above the houses the cross of our church. It is a...