If you have ever taken a preaching course, you were probably, as I was, taught fairly early on that good liturgical preaching is based on the assigned texts that are proclaimed in the liturgy. Preaching a sermon that it unrelated to the texts is not only frowned on, but also actively discouraged. Continue reading
[Jesus] came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them. Continue reading
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The most predictable thing about the ministry of Jesus was its unpredictability !
Jesus seldom acted in the ways people expected him to act. He bypassed the respectable and the “righteous,” preferring the company of “tax collectors and sinners.” He openly violated the religious standards of his day, preferring to show compassion. Continue reading
Today is Candlemas and it is a feast I am very fond of. But then, I really like candles. I remember as a young child, we lived in the country, and we were always having power-cuts. It was so exciting to slowly walk upstairs to bed carrying a candle, and then, tucked up in bed cosy, looking around a once familiar bedroom, now mysteriously alive with flickering shadows. Continue reading