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The man who calmed the sea

The man who calmed the sea

In Luke, we’ve had Jesus the Son of Man, Jesus as King, Jesus the bringer of good news to the poor. Today he is the man who calmed the sea.

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Reversal of fortune

Reversal of fortune

This is what Jesus often describes; so much so that the good news can be seen as an ongoing story of the reversal of fortune for many.

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In the year that King Uzziah died

In the year that King Uzziah died

In the year that King Uzziah died. Or in the year that George VI died. Or JFK. Or Diana. Or in the year that someone you loved died. 

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Why the wedding at Cana?

Why the wedding at Cana?

Jesus first miracle was performed at the wedding at Cana. And, on the face of it, it’s an odd choice. So, what we are to learn from this? 

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Three Wise Women?

Three Wise Women?

In our reading from Matthew, the Magi, whether they were wise men or wise women, took great risks and made great effort to seek out Jesus.

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The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

No stars or shepherds, no angels, no baby in a manger; but it is the Christmas Story, and it brings enough blessings to last a lifetime.

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Greetings and Blessings

Greetings and Blessings

Perhaps we all need to be more expressive in our greetings and relationships to reflect the good news and the blessings we have received.

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Or maybe, she had the confidence and strength now to be the person who she needed to be. Strength to be a sanctuary for someone very special.

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Welcome

Welcome

If our welcome is to work, if it’s to change things for people and yes, bring them back again, it has to be accepting and affirming of all.

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The word of God came to…

The word of God came to…

Which local valleys would you fill and which hills would you make low? For this is a word of God for us here and now, in this time and place.

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Hope and family trees

Hope and family trees

The young man eventually did gain nobility. Judi discovered that her family tree included someone who had lived in the real Elsinore Castle.

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What sort of King?

What sort of King?

The Kingdom of God is around us and within us. It beckons us to live by its vision and values now, not some point in the future. Pius XI was right…

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Whistle down the Wind

Whistle down the Wind

One of my favourite films is Whistle Down the Wind. A group of children led by Kathy find a man in a barn and believe that he is Jesus.

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Interruption and disruption

Interruption and disruption

Jonah’s physical presence in Ninevah brings disruption and unhinges everything. The city stops. Everyone repents, animals too!

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The Shema and worship

The Shema and worship

Our reading from Deuteronomy is known as the Shema. It gets to the very heart of worship. It tells us who God is and what our response should be.

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