It’s so you – Br. Mark Brown

1 John 1:5-2:2/Psalm 36:5-10/Luke 12:22-24, 29-31
St. Catherine of Siena

Oscar Wilde has said somewhere that we ought not to destroy legends.  It is through legends that, as he put it, “we are given an inkling of the true physiognomy of a man”—or woman.  Even if not strictly factual, legends reveal something of the truth about a person. Continue reading

You, We – Br. Mark Brown

Acts 7:55-60;
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16;
1 Peter 2:2-10;
John 14:1-14

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” [John 14:1].  “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid”, he says a little later. [John 14: 27]  Words of comfort to the disciples at the Last Supper.  We would surely prefer to not be troubled or afraid, but the world we live in gives us plenty to be troubled about and afraid of.  If we’re not troubled or afraid, at least sometimes, we’re not paying attention.  Continue reading

Luke 9:28-36 – Br. Curtis Almquist

Luke 9:28-36

This past week I’ve been re-reading the extraordinary novel by Charles Dickens’ entitled, A Tale of Two Cities. You may remember that Dickens begins this great epic of war and revolution in Europe by speaking about the irony and paradoxes of that time in history. And yet the irony and paradoxes about which Dickens’ speaks rather ring true to me about our own time. Continue reading

Bait and Switch? – Br. Mark Brown

John 6:30-35

I wonder if there might be something of a “bait and switch” maneuver in the Gospel of John. Where we’re lead to expect one thing, but get something else.  We’re lured into the store drawn by one thing, but, somehow, we end up leaving with what the merchant really wants us to buy.  “Bait and switch”: we’ve all fallen for it. Perhaps we’ve been taken in by the Gospel of John, too, but in a benign way. Continue reading

Emmaus – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Easter 3

Every year, for eight years, on Easter Monday, I used to go on a 20 mile hike. It was from Welwyn, Hertfordshire, where I was a parish priest, to our cathedral in St. Albans. I was joined by about 100 young people and helpers from our Sunday School and Youth Group. When we got to St Albans, we would join 10 thousand others, arriving from every corner of the diocese for the Annual Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage. Continue reading