José kisses his cross

This was written last year, but Sunday’s gospel from Mark (8:31-38) looks at the same scandalous saying of Jesus, “if any want to be my followers, let them take up their cross and follow me” The world is going to be saved by subversive, non-violent, cross-shaped love.

Ely Soul

20170614_190328-1Stations of the cross, S. Saviour’s Church, Cardiff

Homily for Trinity 12, Matthew 16:21-27

‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, they must take up their cross’ – Jesus

José kisses his cross.

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Lent 1 – With the wild beasts, the angels and the answer machine

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Christ in the Wilderness, Stanley Spencer (from an ordination card ‘Jesus cradling a scorpion:  when life gives you something very painful to hold’)

Homily for the first Sunday of Lent

“And Jesus was there, in the desert, with the wild beast and the angels” Continue reading Lent 1 – With the wild beasts, the angels and the answer machine

Candlemas: Holding Salvation

Candlemas, here again

Ely Soul

20160130_111129-1 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.

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