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A lantern can be useful when it’s pitch-dark, but it becomes superfluous and unnoticeable in the noonday sun. This doesn’t mean its light is bad, only that it’s weak.If we hold that image in our minds, we will see both a huge irony and a profound lesson in the Gospels when they describe the arrest of Jesus.  John, for example, describes his arrest this way: “Judas brought the cohort to this place together with guards sent by the chief priests and Pharisees, all carrying lanterns and...
A cross
Jesus revealed his glory to the disciples to strengthen them for the scandal of the Cross. His glory shone from a body like our own to show that the Church, which is the Body of Christ, would one day share his glory.' Preface of TransfigurationIn other words, the transformation of Christ is a sign of the transformation open to all Christians. As we hear in the Canon of this Mass, beyond the horizon of death 'we shall see you, our God, as you are; we shall become like you and praise you for ever...
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Christ is the giver of Good News, pointing the way to live life to the full.  ‘I came’, said Jesus,’ that you might have the fullness of life.’ John 10.10   But the Good News, the Gospel,  includes some ‘hard sayings’ Matt 5. 17-48   Jesus' teaching shows up our human frailties. Right living starts with right attitudes.  We need to control our thoughts and emotions before they result in outward actions.Hearing this, some people are going to feel uncomfortable...
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There are two extremes that the Christian must avoid,” says Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.*  “One extreme speaks only of personal self-fulfillment and denies the example and words of Jesus about taking up a cross. The other extreme speaks only the negative language of denial and renunciation and does not allow for the proper self-love without which true growth is not possible. There is a middle ground and it may be found only when we reject both extremes and try to combine into one the two...
A Unity Cross
All major religions believe that the first thing we need to affirm about God is that God is ineffable, beyond all human imagination and language. Everything we think and say about God reveals some truth, but, this side of eternity, never the complete truth. No dogma and no religion provides an adequate expression of God.All religious truth is partial and limited in its historical expression and cannot claim adequacy. All religions,  all expressions of theology, irrespective of denomination...
How should we understand the Eucharist?  When instituting the Eucharist at Last Supper, Jesus didn’t ask his disciples to understand what they were doing, he only asked them to celebrate it faithfully until he returned.  When he offered them bread and said, “This is my body”, and then offered them wine and said, “This is my blood”, they would not have understood.  There must have been considerable confusion and bewilderment: How are we supposed to understand this?Their...
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After explaining the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer,  St Augustine goes on to speak about answers to prayer.We do not know how to pray as we ought. You may still perhaps ask why the apostle Paul said, 'We do not know how to pray as we ought'; for it is impossible to believe that either he or those to whom he was saying this did not know the Lord's prayer. The apostle shows that he himself is not exempt from ignorance. He hardly knew how to pray as he ought when, to prevent his...
A Crackling Fire
‘God makes his sun shine on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. ‘ Matt 5.45    We are all energised by the same sacred source. The same energy that fuels the dedicated selflessness of the saint fires the irresponsible acting-out of the prodigal son in Luke’s gospel.  Both are fuelled by the same sacred energy, though for very different purposes.It's easy to misinterpret this.   For example, one of the criticisms made of religion...
Appreciating our differences
It's easy to see God’s grace and blessing in what unites us. We sense the presence of grace when, at our core, we feel a strong moral bond with certain other persons, Churches, and faiths. But what if what makes other persons, Churches, and faiths seem foreign and strange is also a grace, a difference intended by God?  Can we think of our differences, as we think of our unity, as a gift from God? Most religions, including Christianity, would answer yes.In both the Jewish and the Christian...
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Christ is the giver of Good News, pointing the way to live life to the full.  ‘I came’, said Jesus,’ that you might have the fullness of life.’ John 10.10   But the Good News, the Gospel includes some ‘hard sayings’. Matt 5. 17-48   Jesus' teaching shows up our human frailties. Right living starts with right attitudes.  We need to control our thoughts and emotions before they result in outward actions.Hearing this, some people are going to feel uncomfortable. For...

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