Category: Bishop Roald Nikolai

The Friends of Jesus

Fifth Sunday of Lent John 12;1-8 Jesus travelled with twelve disciples, but also had a considerable group of friends in Galilee and Jerusalem upon whom he relied. There are, men, women, singles and couples, who come into prominence before his trial and after his resurrection. Mary the mother of John Mark, cousin of Barnabas offered …

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The Tear-Away Son

Fourth Sunday of Lent Luke 15,1-3+11-32 Jesus, like other great teachers teaching about spiritual truths, uses parables or analogies based on earthly, every-day ideas – like fishing, building, bread, water and wind to describe heavenly things – about which we know so little, and understand even less. Of course, parables and analogies are only approximations. …

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The Need To Repent

Third Sunday of Lent Luke 13,1-9 Whose fault? Our Gospel for the third Sunday of Lent is another call to focus on personal behaviour. The passage is in two parts. First a general discussion between Jesus and the people followed by remarks about the fig trees. St Luke does not tell us the circumstances that …

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It Is Not the Beginning Which Yieldeth the True Glory

Second Sunday of Lent Luke 13,31-35 In this week’s Gospel we meet Jesus on the way to Jerusalem and certain death. Try to imagine, if you can, how you would feel if you knew for a certainty that what you were doing would lead to certain death. Most of us would do a rapid re-think …

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The Enemy Within

First Sunday of Lent Luke 4,1-13 Lent is the season of Christian discipleship, a time to prepare for Holy Week and Easter. In the early days of Christian persecution it was a time for those preparing for Baptism and thus linked with the forty days of testing that the Lord undertook immediately after his baptism. …

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The Transfiguration

Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time Luke 9,28-36 This reflection was written before the present suffering of the people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries. A terrible man made crisis with military, economic, psychological and spiritual consequence. The Christian world will also suffer as a result and we offer our prayers and heartfelt concern for our fellow …

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We are the masters now

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time Luke 8,22-25 Never has human kind been more powerful than today. We have the power to send men and women to the moon, we have the power to split the atom, and we ask ourselves where it will end. People persist in believing that power is theirs to what they …

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Look For the Star

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time Matthew 2,10-11 There was a Youth Club in the London Church of St Alfege Greenwich, where the same Pop Music records were played, endlessly. One was called Look for a Star. It begins as follows: “When life doesn’t seem worth the living, and you don’t really care who you are, …

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Candlemas

A Personal Reflection On the Presentation Luke 2,1-11 The older I become the more the commemoration of the forty days after the birth of the child Jesus mean to me. Around February 2nd the Church tells how the baby was brought to the Temple by his parents. It is the climax of the Epiphany and …

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Good News

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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