Being Changed by Encountering the Divine

We’ve heard over the last four weeks the gospel readings about Jesus’ baptism, where he was revealed as God’s beloved son; Jesus changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana; Jesus announcing his mission as bringing good news to the poor; and Jesus encountering...

A Surprise Birthday Party

The setting for the gospel (Luke 4: 14-21) is that Jesus has been baptized and gone on a 40-day retreat in the wilderness, and now his public ministry is just beginning. He’s benn doing a teaching tour of synagogues in Galilee, and now Jesus is in Nazareth, his...

Baptism in water and the Spirit

Today’s readings mention different kinds of baptism – baptism in water, and baptism in the Holy Spirit. In the passage from Acts it says that the new Christians in Samaria were baptized (presumably with water) “in the name of the Lord Jesus,” but that they hadn’t...

At Home With God

On this first Sunday after Christmas we have readings about two special children growing up in holiness: the little boy Samuel in the temple at Shiloh, and Jesus in the temple at Jerusalem. And we’re meant to see and understand the connection between these two...

Re-Imagining the Texts

Last Sunday we welcomed Fr. Bob Holmes to St Aidan’s as our preacher. Bob is a Basilian monastic, and longtime member of Christian Peacemaker Teams. He has been involved in peace and justice work all over the world, and here in Canada. Bob spoke to us about how...