May 28, 2018
May 27, 2018 | This is Trinity Sunday… a day to celebrate the greatest mystery of all… a day to ponder the dynamics of one God in three divine persons. John’s gospel’s explanation of The Trinity grows out of a conversation Jesus is having with Nicodemus, a righteous scholar, totally committed to a life governed by Mosaic Law. He respects Jesus, but he is puzzled by him. Seriously now, how can we be born again?
But as Jesus explains to a skeptical Nicodemus, our rebirth is not the product of our mother’s labour. It is not a birth into this restricted, earthly life. It is a birth in the Spirit into everlasting life. It is a direct gift from God… a rebirth in water and the Spirit… As such, we are not only “born again” … we are “born from above.”
May 22, 2018
May 20, 2017 | Bewildered or puzzled and astonished are the words we hear this week from our reading from Acts 2. These were the responses of those who witnessed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and why not? This was an extraordinary event after all!
Luke presents the story with winds raging; flame-like tongues, scores of them; an international, mixture of languages, some familiar and others belonging to an all-but-forgotten past— befuddlement and wonder may well be the anticipated responses to such phenomena as these. The question on everyone’s minds…“What does this mean?”
This week we celebrate Pentecost, the third great festival of the Christian year. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church and so much more. Scripture tells us that 3000 people believed on that first day. It was the beginning of a movement, a new way, calling us to be open to God's Spirit moving in our lives.
May 15, 2018
May 13, 2018 | We live in a world filled with dangers everyday. We see the pictures on the internet and the daily news. Some of us have experienced first hand the dangers of life. The many different operating systems that have become accepted as normal including social, cultural, political and economic structures.
In our reading this week from John’s Gospel Jesus knows that the human ordering of life is often contrary and even opposed to God’s ordering of life. That concern is the subject of his prayer in our reading. It is the evening of the last supper. Feet have been washed. Supper has ended. The darkness has descended.
Jesus does not run from the dangers of the world. Instead he offers love and that his joy may be made complete in us. This happens when we live, act and work with God in answering his prayer. We are actively participating in Jesus’ prayer by shaping our lives to be like his.
May 9, 2018
May 6, 2018 | Much of our lives are characterized by the experience of waiting and transition. It might be waiting for the bus, for an appointment, for a visitor or for a holiday. Most of these waiting experiences are likely to be fulfilled in this life, we hope. But it is also true that the whole of life for every one of us is one long period of waiting and transition.
This week we hear about the Ascension, one of the major events in the history of Jesus, an event that is situated during a period of transition and waiting for disciples of Jesus. It occurs 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and 10 days before Pentecost.
What were the disciples doing during this waiting time? I am sure normal life went on – eating, sleeping, meeting each other and maybe going to work. During out times of transition we too carry on with normal life as far as we can. But other things were also happening and these all related to the person of Jesus. And it was far from being a passive or unproductive time.