Category: NCC UK

Treasures in Heaven

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Trinity 8. John 6,1-21 Most radio or TV stations in June 2021 put forward the message that “the vaccine will save us and life can return to normal after Covid 19”. Certainly we can only hope that people will not suffer from such a terrible infection and that our …

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Hallmarks of Rabbi Jesus

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Trinity 7. Mark 6,30–34 This Gospel passage is a great contrast with the death banquet of King Herod in the Palace during which John the Baptist was murdered [Mark 6:17-29]. The Gospel however introduces the the banquet of life promoted by Jesus with the hungry people of Galilee in …

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MARCHONS! MARCHONS!   (The Marseillaise)

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Trinity 6. Mark 6,7-13 “An army marches on its stomach” – It was the Corsican adventurer and sometime emperor of France and hate figure for the English, one Napoleon Bonaparte, who said that. He was the one who insisted on being crowned in St Peter’s Rome by the Pope, …

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The Kingdom of Caesar

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Trinity 5. Mark 6,1-13 The season of Pentecost is a time to reflect on word’s of Jesus for today, to gain a greater self understanding of “being church”. Jesus tells his friends that a “prophet is without honour” even among his countrymen and relatives. This remark comes after his …

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“Signs and Wonders”

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Trinity 4. Mark 5,21-43 The two words “Signs” and “Wonders” often occur together, but mean rather different things. A Sign directs people towards what they are looking for: maybe an historic building, or a panoramic view. It exists to guide people away from itself, but towards the real Wonder. …

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A Lesson in True Power

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Trinity 3. Mark 4,35-41 Never has humankind been more powerful than it is today. We have the power to send men to the moon, we have the power to split the atom, and artificial intelligence is affecting our lives in all manner of ways. But it was British Prime …

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The Mustard Seed

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Trinity 2. Mark 4,26-34 In England the N.C.C. Mass booklet has Christ’s words that his kingdom is like a mustard seed, the least of the shrubs that becomes a tree and a home for many varieties of birds. We do not understand this image in the sense of Ernst …

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The Hard Sayings of Jesus

10th Sunday of Ordinary Time / Trinity 1. Mark 3,20-35 In English, the word ‘hard’ has several different meanings. It can mean ‘hard’ as opposed to ‘soft’: like “taking a hard (or firm) line about something”; but we also often use ‘hard’ about the things that we find difficult to accept or understand, or those …

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Is Trinity True?

Trinity Sunday John 3,1-17 Is it true? Will you find the Trinity mentioned in the Bible, or more specifically, the New Testament? Let me save you the bother of rushing to your Concordance; the word Trinity does not occur in the Bible. However, do not despair. After all, anyone who takes the Bible simply at …

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Spirit Guided Church

Pentecost Sunday John 20,19-23 The Christian faith is based on the truths Jesus taught and transmitted through the ages by successions of believers called the Church. In order for these truths to be authentically of God rather than of man, they need to be the same truth as handed down by the Son of God. …

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