Dances of Life and Death

If you go to Jerusalem you can visit what many people call the ‘Wailing Wall’. It’s what remains of the Temple that Jesus knew and which the Romans destroyed in 70AD. The piazza at its base is still a synagogue, and many Jews go there on a Friday evening to celebrate the beginning of the Shabbat – the Sabbath. But … Read More

2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Have you seen the film ‘Flushed Away’? Released in 2006, it’s about a mouse called Roddy who lives in a posh London flat, unknown to the owners of course. One day a rat called Sid emerges through the sewers, and after a skirmish the rat flushes the mouse down the toilet. Consequently, Roddy the mouse finds himself cast into the … Read More

Advent 3 ~ Mandela

Our news has been full – perhaps overfull – this week with retrospective comment upon, celebration of and even veneration of Nelson Mandela. One news journalist I saw even went to describe him as something of a secular saint. I’m not sure what a secular saint is – or even if it is possible to be one – but the … Read More

The Birth of John the Baptist

I wonder if you’re enjoying the summer? ‘Summer’ I hear you say, ‘what summer?!’ Well, today is Midsummer Day, according to mediaeval tradition. Today, the Feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist, is seen as the midpoint of the year, the midsummer feast. Well I suppose we can hope for more sunshine in the second half of this … Read More