Jeremiah’s Contrasts Dec. 2, 2018

Advent scripture readings do not include angels, shepherds, stars in the East or the Magi. Many describe a world of struggle, sin, dashed dreams and desolation.  They reflect the reality of the world and attitude of the people of Israel who waited sometimes in doubt...

Unorthodox King Nov. 25, 2018

The feast of the Reign of Christ is not an ancient feast. It had its origins in the rise of Franco, Mussolini and Hitler in the 1930s. Pope Pius XI created the feast, first called “Christ the King” as a reminder to people that God is sovereign. The three readings for...

All the Saints Nov.4, 2018

The first reading for All Saints, (the Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9), was composed in the first or second century BCE in Alexandria. It is a reflection on Solomon rather than a work of his own hand.  At the time the book was written there was a backlash against the Jews in...

Sight Oct 28, 2018

Jeremiah prophesized during the time of the Babylonian exile, (597-537 BCE) a time of loss, sadness and dismay that God had disappeared from the Jewish people.  Life, as they had known it, with the temple and worship as the centre of their culture had ended. They...

Turn Around! Oct. 14, 2018

Part of Mark’s gospel for Sunday October 14th(Mark 10:17-31) includes the following incident. As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”   Jesus said to him, “Why do...

Thanksgiving Sunday Oct. 7, 2018

Even at the best of times the Israelites of the Old Testament lived hand-to-mouth. In good years the rains fell, the sun shone and the grains, grapes and tree fruits grew. The people ate what they harvested for the balance of the year. Cattle and sheep could pasture...