Candlemas: Holding Salvation

 

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Rembrandt, Nunc Dimittis

 

A homily for the Feast of Candlemas,  2016

‘surely, God was in this place, and I didn’t know it’ – Jacob, Genesis 28:16

Anyone who’s been a new parent will remember that moment when you get to take your child home for the very first time.   It feels so strange. Continue reading Candlemas: Holding Salvation

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The Story we live by: God of the Poor

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Standing with Romero, Helder Camara, His people

 

A homily for the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany  2016

“I was very little, maybe about six or seven.   I remember my mother standing still, her face frozen, and tears running down her cheeks.   The reason:  she had lost a sixpence.   You do not easily forget”   Richard Hoggart

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The wedding feast of the poor: Cana of Galilee

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There’s a short exchange in Steinbeck’s ‘East of Eden’ that lights up a huge part of my own self-understanding.   The intellectually brilliant Chinese servant Lee notices the state of someone’s clothing and wrily observes “only a rich man could afford to dress that poorly” Continue reading The wedding feast of the poor: Cana of Galilee