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Third Sunday after Epiphany Luke 4,14-21 Jesus returns to Nazareth, his home town, as was his custom goes to the synagogue on the Sabbath, and reads a short passage from the scriptures, as might any Jewish male, after which he sits down to teach, as the custom also was, and all eyes are on him. …

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Cana Revealed

Second Sunday after Epiphany John 2,1-11 Signs and signposts are essential for finding our way about. When car drivers first travelled from country to country they were often provided with a windscreen sticker to explain the different road signs. We all need signs, and nowhere more than in matters of faith to explain the meaning …

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Why Was Jesus Baptised?

Baptism of the Lord Luke 3;15-16,21-22 What are we to make of the strange matter of Jesus’ baptism? Baptism has many meanings, but it is undoubtedly for us about the forgiveness of sins: At some stage of church history, people postponed getting themselves baptised until they were on their death beds, because they reasoned that …

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Journey with Wise Men

The Epiphany of the Lord Matt 2,1–12 Is it true, this fantastic story of wise men from the East coming to worship the baby Jesus? There is probably a bit in all of us that says that it couldn’t possibly have happened in this way – it seems to stretch credibility too far, so is …

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The Symbols of Christmas

The Nativity of the Lord Luke 2,15–20 Early in September the British public were hearing that Christmas dinners were in jeopardy because there would be a shortage of turkeys and trimmings including the essential “pigs in blankets”. Plastic toys from China, and other essentials were also being delayed. Midwinter festivities are now so thoroughly pagan …

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The evil I do not want, is what I do

Third Sunday of Advent Luke 3,7-18 The stark message of John the Baptist is “Repentance for the forgiveness of sin”. It is the same battle that St. Paul confesses “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want”. [Romans 7;17] This crucial teaching is widely misunderstood and the message …

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Be Prepared

Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3;1-6 Imagine that you’ve just had a message from God. He wants you to be the advance guard for his Son, who is coming soon to preach a revolutionary message of love for all, and who will ultimately die in the cause of unconditional love. How do you react? Probably …

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Christian Hope

Advent 1. Luke 21;25–36 Fifty years ago people might occasionally have seen a miserable looking man wearing three large placards walking the streets of cities like London, declaring the end of the world was nigh. Today’s apocalyptic message of doom is promoted by the media twenty four hours every day. Throughout history there have been …

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Solemnity of Christ the King

Last Sunday of the Year John 18;33–37 Since 1925 Pentecost ends with the solemn Christian acclamation of the Kingship of Christ. In England this was called “Stir up Sunday” from the collect before Advent. Typically this became associated with preparing the mixture for Christmas puddings rather than stirring the will power of the faithful. But …

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All Saints Day

Sunday October 31st this year will be widely celebrated as All Saints Sunday. This is of course a vast subject. But consider this: Pope John Paul II canonised more saints than any previous pope in history; for some counter-intuitive reason most of the saints of the Roman Catholic Church appear to be Italian, which suggests …

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Solemnity of St. Olaf – 29th of July

The Solemnity of St. Olaf was celebrated as a major church feast in the Nordic countries until the Reformation. Then in the late 19th and the early 20th century a renewed interest in Olsok (“Olaf’s Vigil”) aroused, and on the 29th of July 1930 the feast was reintroduced in connection with the official celebration of …

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Easter, Ascension and Pentecost

When St. Peter on Pentecost Day explains to the Jews that Christ is the Messiah, he sums up the salvific events by stating: “This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the …

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