Mary Magdalene – If I ruled the world

MagdaleneHomily for the feast of S. Mary Magdalene July 22nd.

There’s a religious brother I know who wanders around his monastery singing ‘If I ruled the world’  (he finds some of his brethren a trial). Continue reading Mary Magdalene – If I ruled the world


Light, Spirit, Love -Feast of the Holy Trinity

Last week, Bishop Michael Curry told an audience of over a billion people that Love is powerful, redemptive, and the meaning of our existence. The reason why that’s true and not just a pretty thing to say is because God, the source of all being, has revealed himself and named Himself as Love, as Trinity, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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20160520_134306-1 Rublev, Icon of the Holy Trinity

Friends, brothers, sisters, comrades, just by being here, together this morning, you are blessing yourselves.

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Feast of the Ascension: Check your mirror

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Homily preached on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Thursday 14th of May 2015

It’s a long way off but inside it

There are quite different things going on:

Festivals at which the poor man Is king

and the consumptive is Healed;

Mirrors in which the blind look at themselves

and love looks at them Back;

and industry is for mending

The bent bones and the minds fractured by life.

It’s a long way off, but to get there

takes no time

and admission is free.

The Kingdom, R S Thomas

A year into his priesthood and, I’m afraid to say, I still have to say to Chris, before Mass begins: ‘Mirror, Father! Mirror check!’

Do not leave the vestry before your mirror check! Make sure your vestments are aligned. Somebody once said to me, ‘I couldn’t listen to a word you said. You were all lopsided’.


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