Thursday Reflections

All Saints Reflection

As we come towards the end of the Church year we celebrate this great feast of All Saints. Normally we apply the word to people of extraordinary holiness who have been canonised or beatified by the Church .. but today’s feast uses the word in a much wider sense .. in particular we remember all those who have now died and are in God’s presence .. hence we read from Revelation of that great promise of heaven. What a glorious and hopeful picture!

Still further though on this day we also celebrate the saints as being all those on earth with a shared call to holiness .. Continue reading “All Saints Reflection”

Thursday Reflections

Sense, Feel, Think …

The Gospel today brings to light a very important point: to simply know about somebody is very different from actually knowing them personally. We can confirm this in relation to the modern world very easily .. all the people we know about through the media .. but we do not of course really know them. Herod was intrigued and wanted to know Jesus .. not just about him.

We can understand this desire in relation to the Aboriginal Approach to Life …. Continue reading “Sense, Feel, Think …”

Thursday Reflections

Peace in the Valley

This morning’s reading from Deuteronomy might be seen to hold the beginnings of what has come to be called a prosperity Gospel in the Bible. Here we at first reading see signs of the teaching that if you follow God and His commands you will know blessings and prosperity .. you will know health and happiness and good things will happen to you.

Now we all know this is not true. Continue reading “Peace in the Valley”

Thursday Reflections

A Reflection on Holy Communion

This morning we celebrate Corpus Christi .. I don’t know how your Latin is .. we are celebrating Holy Communion.

Its really interesting that I think I have more questions asked of me about the meaning of the Bread and the Wine than any other aspect of Church life .. what is going on here at this table? .. what do we mean by eating the flesh and drinking the blood? .. in what way is this all possible or to be understood? Continue reading “A Reflection on Holy Communion”