Category: Bishop Roald Nikolai

The Mustard Seed

2nd Sunday after Trinity Mark 4,26-34 In England the NCC Mass booklet has Christ’s words that his kingdom is like a mustard seed, the least of the shrubs that becomes a tree and a home for many varieties of birds. We do not understand this image in the sense of Ernst Schumacher writing in 1973 …

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The Hard Sayings of Jesus

Trinity 1 or Corpus Christi Mark 3,20-35 In English, the word ‘hard’ has several different meanings. It can mean ‘hard’ as opposed to ‘soft’: like “taking a hard (or firm) line about something”; but we also often use ‘hard’ about the things that we find difficult to accept or understand, or those we find ‘hard …

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Memorable farewell celebration in Kaufbeuren

In mid August last year, the German Administration of the Nordic Catholic Church together with the Abbey of St. Severin invited members and friends to a three days’ celebration in Kaufbeuren to mark the retirement of Bishop em. Roald Nikolai Flemestad in order to “thank him and his wife Kirsten for their great personal commitment …

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Is Trinity True?

Trinity Sunday John 3,1-17 Is it true? Will you find the Trinity mentioned in the Bible, or more specifically, the New Testament? Let me save you the bother of rushing to your Concordance; the word Trinity does not occur in the Bible. However, do not despair. After all, anyone who takes the Bible simply at …

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Spirit guided Church

Pentecost Sunday John 20,19-23 The Christian faith is based on the truths Jesus taught and transmitted through the ages by successions of believers called the Church. In order for these truths to be authentically of God rather than of man, they need to be the same truth as handed down by the Son of God. …

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It’s only words

Sixth Sunday of Easter – “My Words are Spirit and Life” John 15,9-17 An Englishman’s word is his bond. That’s a noble sentiment. But, there are words, and there are words. I detect a widespread cynicism about politicians, certainly at national level, because the perception is that their deeds don’t match up to their words. …

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The Key is “Divine Mercy”

Divine Mercy Sunday John 20,19-31 Preaching in England about the joy of Christ’s resurrection was never easy. It was made difficult because some in the pews really believed in reincarnation or had home spun ideas that bore resemblance to TV’s Startrek. Readers of Sunday newspapers would be aware that some bishops were saying that the …

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Betrayal

Palm Sunday John 12,12-16 Former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson famously remarked, “A week is a long time in politics”. You could certainly apply that saying to the events of the first Holy Week. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday, with the crowds wild with excitement and waving palm branches, would in just …

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St. John’s Treasure Store

Fourth Sunday in Lent John 3,14-21 People, myself included, have wondered how St John, writing about 30 years after the other Gospels, managed to remember verbatim the various ‘Discourses’ which Jesus had with individuals – like Nicodemus; with the Samaritan woman; Pontius Pilate; as well as three whole chapters 15-17 on Maundy Thursday with His …

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Sometimes words are not enough

Third Sunday in Lent John 2,13-25 “We don’t do things like that round here. You’ve only been here five minutes, and you’re trying to turn everything upside down. Who do you think you are?” That, seems a fair summary of the way the Jews in the Gospel responded to Jesus. We may kid ourselves that …

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The Repair Shop

Second Sunday in Lent Mark 1,14-15 The BBC TV programme “The Repair Shop” has been one of the most popular shows in the UK for years. The skills of the restorers and pleasure of the customers who bring in their precious items for restoration have set me thinking as Lent approaches. The TV programme consists …

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Extra-Ordinary Struggle

First Sunday of Lent Mark 1,12-13 St. Mark tells us that immediately following his baptism, Jesus was “driven by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days tempted by Satan”. [Mark 1,12-13] This most important event receives only a brief mention, possibly because the first hearers were well aware of the struggle for they too …

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