Reflections

Rising to the Challenge

It is hard to feel sorry for the third servant in today’s gospel. The first two servants are praised for making the most of the ‘talents’ (money) given to them by their master. In return, they are promised even greater things. The third man, paralysed by uncertainty, buries his small amount of money in the ground instead of  doing something with it.  His actions are

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The Price of Oil

We can nag our  children endlessly about homework, buy them every book and piece of equipment they might conceivably need and pack their school bags every night, but at the end of the day we can’t go to school and do the work for them. At exam time we can borrow essays and pick each other’s brains, but at the end of the day no

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Love Love Love

In that inimitable pop song the Beatles tell us, “All you need is love…,” but is that just a sentimental ideal? Don’t we need other things as well like food, homes, jobs, clothes, education and laws to make a happy and safe society? In today’s gospel a lawyer employed by the Pharisees asks Jesus a question. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

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Torn

We live our lives torn in many directions. From the moment we wake up there are a hundred and one claims on our time. We have to look after our homes and our families. We have to go to work and deal with a whole range of tasks form the very important to the totally banal. We have to fill in forms, pay bills, make

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Must Try Harder!

Do we fondly imagine that people ought to love us just the way we are? We are told often enough that God loves us warts and all. But do we carry this belief through life with not much thought of    betterment? In today’s parable a king invites guests to his son’s wedding. When the guests refuse to turn up, the king extends the invitation to

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Cornerstone

What happens when we forget that our lives are a gift from God? What happens when we forget that human-kind is God’s creation? What happens when we forget that the planet we live on belongs to God? Today’s parable describes a land owner who leaves tenants in charge of his vineyard. But at harvest time the tenants refuse to pay their rent,   failing to recognise

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