Faith and Doubt

On this Sunday as we turn from the joy and excitement of Easter Day, we find ourselves down with the doubters, with Thomas, who cannot comprehend the resurrection.  This common-sense disciple who refused to believe that Jesus had risen is often contemptuously called ‘doubting Thomas’, yet we can probably all identify with his doubts and …

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Easter

As Easter dawns on the horizon, we have emerged out of the dark tunnel of Lent and Holy Week into the light.  The Easter story reminds us to trust and hope in the risen Christ, because no matter how bleak our circumstances seem, joy lies just around the corner.  With God all things are possible.  …

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Palm Sunday

As Jesus, his disciples and followers draw closer to Jerusalem, the centre of economic and religious life, Jesus includes his disciples in his preparations for his entry into the city. They are directed where to find the donkey and its colt and how to reply to any questioners.  In contrast to images of a triumphal …

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Extravagant Love

On this Sunday, as we move ever closer to Holy Week and the story of the cross, we find ourselves in the home of Jesus’ friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus.  Just a few days before his arrest Jesus comes to spend time with his dearest friends in Bethany, where Martha prepares a festive dinner party.  …

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Living Water

We’ve now almost reached the mid-way point of Lent.  We’re in an in-between space, a time traditionally when fasting is beginning to pall and to take its toll.  Today’s readings speak about the dryness of this mid-point of the Lenten journey; spiritual dryness that longs for refreshment and joy.  The psalmist puts it so well.  …

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Grace

Today we take the next step on the Lenten journey that takes us from Ash Wednesday to Holy Week, Good Friday and the cross and then on towards the hope of resurrection.   One of the key features of Lent is the opportunity we have for confession and repentance, the opportunity to own who we are …

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Into the Desert

Lent manages to take me by surprise every year.  We get through Christmas, pack away the nativity figures and settle into Epiphany and the new year, and suddenly Lent appears on the horizon.    For some people, the arrival of Lent means willpower time; giving up red wine or chocolate for as long as the strength …

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Transfiguration

  The Feast of the Transfiguration marks the end of the Epiphany season with its stories of miracles, and its deep sense that in this Jesus, God’s light is shining into the world.   The Transfiguration up on the mountain top, revealed Jesus in all his glory to the Disciples, with people dressed in white, strange …

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Forgiveness

Today’s Gospel reminds us of that hard topic – forgiveness, and once again sets out Jesus’ standards for our everyday behaviour.  To forgive those who have hurt us, or caused us pain is one of the most vexing demands of being a disciple of Christ.    In so many things, following Jesus is loving and practical; …

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Here I am, Send me

The fishing imagery in the Gospel story is a bit remote for those of us who get our fish from the market and sushi from bars. But despite this, the message is clear; in the course of his ordinary working life, just getting on with his job, running his fishing business – Peter is confronted …

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