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The “Open Secret”

Epiphany 2 John 1;35-42 An ‘Open Secret’ sounds like a contradiction. But we saw, last month, how Secrecy is essential to God’s Plan for saving His World – because it needs unfolding to us bit by bit, to make it viable. For Act One of God’s Incarnation Strategy, He chose Mary to play the Lead …

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Recognition of the Beloved

Epiphany 1 Mark 1,7-11 After 6th January the Church year is now called “Ordinary Time” which is a pity, because we have lost, what was formerly the Epiphany Season, providing the worshipper with a number of weeks to contemplate step by step the revealing of Jesus to the world. This is a crucial preparation for …

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A Meditation for Epiphany

Epiphany Sunday Matthew 2,1-12 The story of the Epiphany is much more than a legend or a religious fairy-tale. We are often told that Luke is a careful historian, but this reading makes it clear that Matthew is as well. He locates this incident in a specific time and place: in Bethlehem, in the reign …

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Let Earth and Heaven Combine

The First Day of Christmas Luke 22,1ff The Christmas day reflection on this site spoke of the strange mixture of earth and heaven that overshadows Christ’s birth. That mixture continues through the whole of lifetime of Jesus. Think about the image of the child of Bethlehem in swaddling clothes looking like an “Egyptian mummified body”, …

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And is it true?

Christmas Day Mark 1,1-8 “And is it true?” That is what the poet John Betjeman asks in a poem simply entitled “Christmas”, and that, as you might say, is the sixty-four thousand dollar question. Obviously most people don’t think it is true, otherwise, rather than simply eat, drink and spend too much, in what sometimes …

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The Great Amen … or the Girl who said ‘Yes’ to God

An Advent Meditation Luke 1,26-38 Amen is an important word. It means, “Yes, God, I agree. I’ll do what you are asking me to do.”  Jesus is the ‘God-Incarnate, Man-Divine’, The bible calls Him “The Amen” – He is God the Father’s Great ‘Yes’ to the World He created – though those who’ve never met …

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The Voice in the Wilderness

The Second Sunday of Advent Mark 1,1-8 The season of Advent turns our thoughts towards Christmas with words from the earliest gospel St. Mark. Mark tells us nothing of the birth of Jesus, no shepherds, no wise men, no genealogy and certainly no lofty language of St. John’s gospel, “in the beginning was the Word …

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Sleep and Watchfulness

Advent Sunday Mark 13,24-37 “What I say to you I say to everyone: ‘Be watchful!’ [‘Stay awake!’] Jesus spoke these words to the Apostles at the very end of His discourse on the grave and painful times of trouble, which He knew faced both Himself and them. He knew that he was soon to be …

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My Kingdom Is Not of This World

The Solemnity of Christ the King Matthew 25,31-46 The Pentecost season comes to a climax in the worship of Jesus Christ as King of the Saints and King of His Church. From now the calendar turns a page and begins again to reflect on the earthly life of the Lord from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, his …

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Calvin Robinson Ordained to the Priesthood

Bishop Roald Commissions Crusader for his English Team Members of the Nordic Catholic Church in England have been enthusiastically looking forward to the ordination of Calvin Robinson that took place in London on November 4th. Most of us are warriors from the 1970’s to 1990’s and much in need of the youthful courage that Father …

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