Reflections

Enlightenment

When we are struggling with our faith, we might be tempted to think that as long as we are ‘good people’ that will suffice. But what sets those who are simply ‘good people’ and ‘Christians’ apart? The other disciples were really not so very different from Doubting Thomas. When they saw Jesus in their midst, they took some convincing that it really was Jesus and

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The Way Forward

For those who find belief elusive, there is an  uncomfortable beatitude in today’s gospel. “Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.” This can feel like a reproach to those of us who harbour doubts, but the important thing to remember is that doubt can be a good thing. Doubt means that we are still  questioning something that we care about. Doubt means

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Never Give Up

Easter is a good time to reaffirm our faith. The Resurrection is the culmination of Christ’s journey on this earth, and the beginning of our journey in faith. Our journey begins with belief in the Resurrection. The Resurrection reminds us that God can lift up what is cast down, mend what is broken and raise what is dead. The Resurrection didn’t of course make everything

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We are the Reason

What are we thinking when we pick up a palm and process into church on Passion Sunday? Perhaps we are wondering how those very clever people weave their palm into a cross. Or perhaps we imagine we are commemorating an historic event. When Jesus rode his donkey into Jerusalem all those centuries ago, he was the centre of attention. Some thought he would be a

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So the World Might be Saved

Jesus lived by one abiding rule. He knew that his integrity was the one thing that could not be taken away. His life could be taken, but his integrity could not. Today we are asked to live our lives by that same rule. We must know who we are; and we must adhere to who we are with every ounce of integrity we possess. We

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Hitting hypocrisy where it hurts

Imagine the  scene. Jesus makes a whip and drives the money changers from the temple. Everywhere sheep and cattle are careering out of control. Doves are flapping up to the  rafters.... coins and feathers everywhere and the money changers in an uproar. Jesus makes things clear. “Stop making my Father’s house a market place!” De we feel an element of discomfort. How many parishes use

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