Gospel Luke 2: 22-40. The compilers of our lectionary decided that we need two chances to look at today’s Gospel, today and the Feast of Candlemass on Wednesday. We should be grateful to them, for this passage is full of meaning for us. One such meaning is to remind us that older people count! The Church is constantly bombarded with initiatives aimed at children and young people. The three clergy study days one of which is here on Friday is one such. Our diocese is investing
Nehemiah 8:9b – 10 & 1Cor 12:12-31a “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. 10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” In this passage we are not explicitly told why the people weep when they hear the words of the Law read
As with all of you, these past strange months have been a time of reflection and reassessment. Many of you will have realised that since the death of our son David two years ago and certainly since the effects of Covid infection, I have not been my old self. Following some time to think, pray and take counsel, before and over the Christmas period, I have decided to take early retirement from full time parish ministry. This means that, subject to the usual official & safeguard
It is quite a simple human scale story to begin with isn’t it. A family wedding; the wine runs short.Mary, a sensitive and kind woman notices and does what she can to help. She asks Jesus to use his special powers to intervene. Jesus is hesitant, but because his mother asks, he gives in and works a miracle. Simples, as they say. But this is St John’s Gospel. Nothing is ever as it seems. The first, simple impression is never the full story with John. Certainly there is a mirac
As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We are now in the season of Epiphany when the person of Jesus, who he is, what he is, is revealed to the world. On the feast of the Epiphany itself this revelation was to the gentiles as represented by the magi, or wise men.
As we celebrate Christmas, let us consider for a moment some of the details of the Christmas story. For it is an extraordinary story by any standards. The Christmas story is a curious mix of the earthly and the heavenly; the natural and supernatural. The places in the story and the characters are also an odd mix. We have the human and the heavenly - the angels and the human players in the story. There is the aristocratic and intellectual as