Category: NCC UK

Imitation of Christ

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ Trinity 20. Mark 10,35-45 On the way from the Jordan valley with a steep climb to his final Passover in Jerusalem, Jesus knows that his disciples are still thinking in worldly terms about his kingdom. They ask to “sit in state” and have important positions supporting him. Within this minor …

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Where is Your Treasure?

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ Trinity 19. Mark 10,17-31 The Gospels record the vivid encounter that Jesus has with a young man who wished to deepen his religious life, by going beyond just keeping the rules. Yet when challenged, he could not detach himself from his own wealth. Jesus comments; “How hard it is for …

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Divorce

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ Trinity 18. Mark 10,2-16 Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife, the crowd asks Jesus, knowing perfectly well what the answer in Jewish Law would be, namely that in certain circumstances divorce was indeed permitted. But Jesus in a way that is typically his, then calls his …

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That Hideous Strength

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ Trinity 17. Mark 9,38-50 The British author C.S. Lewis wanted his three Space-Novels, “Out of the Silent Planet”, “Perelandra”, and “That Hideous Strength”, not to be just good stories but to explain the Christian Faith – and Jesus used his parables in the same way to put across some of …

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Blessed are the pure in heart

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ Trinity 16. Mark 9,30-37 The image of Jesus taking a child in his arms and saying to his followers, “whoever receives a little child in my name receives me” will today seem very strange. Jesus however was teaching his disciples to have self awareness by adopting a spirit of humility …

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TAKE UP YOUR CROSS

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ Trinity 15. Mark 8,27-38 Get behind me Satan. Why was Jesus so harsh with Peter? Jesus had just told his friends that he was to suffer and die, and rise again on the third day, and Peter had remonstrated with him. Maybe, like a lot of us, Peter only heard …

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Being Possessed

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time/ Trinity 14. Mark 7,24-37 People today seldom talk about “being possessed”. But they often say, “I don’t know what came over me” – which means that they really do believe in “possession”. When we regret something we’ve said or done, we try to blame it on some another agency, (natural …

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True Religion

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time/ Trinity 13. Mark 7;1-8,14-15,21-23 In England Christian institutions appear to be continually losing their way. In July 2021 an example in which a large flower arrangement was placed before the altar, and where once the sign IHS [Jesus our Saviour] might be featured, now had NHS displayed, in honour of …

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Choice

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time/ Trinity 12. John 6,60–69 We never forget you have a choice. That is a popular, at the time, advertising slogan from a few years back. Did it work? Did it produce a healthy balance sheet? Apparently not, because the irony is that that particular company has long since disappeared – …

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Seen through Mary’s Eyes

Sunday of the Dormition – 15th August 2021 Luke 1,39-56 Poetry helps us to understand the Christian Faith. Let me use a short Hymn about Mary which, in sixteen lines, tells us what it would take many pages of prose to say. The author, Bishop Thomas Ken [1637-1711], a writer of some of England’s most …

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