Category: NCC UK

“It’s Not Fair!”

Matthew 20,1-16 “It’s not fair!” How often one has heard that complaint from children of all ages? Matthew tells us that the discontented labourers in the vineyard complained because the Owner paid all of them the same amount, regardless of whether they had worked one or ten hours. No doubt their case today would be …

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Forgiveness

Matthew 18,21-35 Today’s Gospel reading speaks to us about the need to offer forgiveness, to our brother or neighbour who has caused offence. In our experience, it is not easy to forgive the person who offends because rancour, bitterness, and grief burn within our hearts. Indeed, people say “I forgive, but do not forget!” We hold …

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Discipline in the Church

Matthew 18,15-20 Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone” (Matt. 18,15). It is a grievous matter when human families fall apart, and it should be treated equally seriously if Christians fall out as well. We are brothers and …

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The Foolishness of the Cross

Just as Simon Peter had made his great confession of faith and promise of loyalty to Jesus the Son of the living God, the narrow way opens up like a sink hole in front of him. On the way from Caesarea Philippi to Jerusalem, the Lord begins to prepare his friends for what they would …

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The Church is Catholic

Meditations on the Images and Marks of the Church – Part 3 This is the third of five web meditations launched by Fathers Geoffrey Neal and Edward Bryant on the Church, the images and marks that have underpinned an orthodox vision. An overview of the meditations is available on this site here and on the …

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You are Peter, the Rock

Matthew 16,13-20 There have been many strains during the covid19 lockdown but some people have enjoyed the peace and quiet, the blue skies, songbirds and nature. Like the moon astronauts some see the earth in a new way. We need these precious times of retreat to see life from another and perhaps sharper angle, and …

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Teenage Troubles

Matthew 15,21-28 When Matthew and Mark describe Jesus’ healing of the Canaanite’s daughter, they don’t say what form her ‘devil-possession’ took. I’ve never had the experience of bringing-up a teenage daughter, but I have seen how my sons, and their wives, have coped with their five daughters – and it’s easy to suppose that their …

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Jesus Walks on Water

Matthew 14,22-33 Peter’s boat on the rough sea is an icon of the Church, symbolising the Christian community’s mission is to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom and a new way of living as God’s people. Despite the many obstacles and struggles, the Lord’s help and protection will never be lacking, and Christ’s Church …

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A Tale of Two Parties

In a way, this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 14,13-21), together with the preceding verses, could be thus described. The first party is the one that King Herod throws to celebrate his birthday; the second is the impromptu picnic party Jesus throws in the wilderness for a hungry crowd of thousands. At the first, a young woman …

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The Church as Bride and Mother

Meditations on the Images and Marks of the Church – Part 2 This is the second in line of the series of six web meditations launched by Fathers Geoffrey Neal and Edward Bryant on the Church, the images and marks that have underpinned an orthodox vision. An overview of the meditations is available here. On …

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