Today, the second Sunday of Easter in the Common Worship Lectionary the gospel reading is the same for all the three years. It is the story of Thomas. St. Thomas has always had a curious and fascinating attraction for me, for various reasons. First of all, he is extremely human and in some ways curiously modern – something of a sceptic. He is sometimes held up as an example of someone not to be like. “Don’t be like Thomas, believe, don’t doubt.” But as a natural doubter mysel
There are some classic verses used as texts for a priest at the end of a ministry. There is from Ps 95: “I was wearied of these people; their hearts are astray, they have not known my ways.” Or even From Genesis Ch 22 “You stay here with the ass; I will go yonder.” There are likewise, as it were, responses from the congregation, the politest of which might be “Take up thy bed and go now!” There are others of course – many of them even less polite! You might be relieved howeve
Throughout this liturgical year, in Luke’s gospel, we have been hearing Jesus say, "I must go up to Jerusalem." The opening words of today’s gospel of procession announce that, "Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem." Today we hear of the final part of his journey to the holy city. He is riding a colt and greeted by "the whole multitude of his disciples" who praise God, "for all the mighty deeds they have seen." This is a climatic moment for Jesus and his disciples.
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?" (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, 'Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial." The name of Judas Iscariot is forever associated with trea