Wisdom says, “lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” That implies getting up and leaving the table, going back to where you were called from and sharing the invitation. The seats at this table will never be full! This is a perfect party from which no-one will be turned away once they respond.
Church is actually a school for freedom. We are free to do as we will, but we have to do that in community. So we have to learn to be free and love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Church is the community where we learn this.
This means that sometimes church is boring, tedious, other times it is bursting with excitement. It all depends…on each other and how we are. But all the time we are wrestling with how to live freely and in community.
We’ve heard about gluten intolerance but I think some people suffer from ‘church intolerance’. They may be very spiritually aware and seeking – but don’t come anywhere near a church.
I believe there are parallels between the two conditions.
Miracles are hard to believe, hard to understand and impossible to explain rationally. We can’t explain them because, well because they are miracles and by their very nature defy natural and physical laws and go beyond our understanding: ‘far more than all we can ask or imagine’
We have a new sermon archive section on the website! We’ll still add the sermons as posts to the home page but after a while they’ll get removed to give space for other new posts. So the archive allows us to keep the sermons accessible for longer.
The main reason for remembering Mary Magdalen is her presence in the garden where Our Lord was buried; her recognition at last of the risen Jesus and her errand to tell the others of what had happened. Mary Magdalen, the apostle to the apostles and 1st witness to the Resurrection.