Christ

A bucket load of fish Photo by Zeshalyn Capindo on Unsplash
In The Tempest, Prospero is worried lest too light winning Make the prize light 1. Jesus feeds the people with a food which is a very valuable prize and which is not lightly won. Jesus asks: Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat? He only said this to test Philip. He himself knew exactly what he was going to do. The Lord knows that all will be well. Nevertheless for Philip, and probably for us, the searching question from Jesus, puts us on our mettle. What are we to say to him...
As we continue through Lent towards Holy Week, Good Friday and Holy Saturday we are asked not to rush, not to start preparations for the resurrection, but to wait, to understand our own powerlessness. On International Women’s Day, we begin to listen to the voices of women who, on Holy Saturday, are doing just that. They are women of God, who have been present in Jesus’s life; women whose stories are often told but not always heard; strong women, loving women who, even though they do not fully...
The Amazon river by wiki chaves on unsplash
When I was in South America, I met an American woman doctor – a gynaecologist - who also worked in the Amazon for many years. And gradually, after about a year, when she had got to know me, she told me her story. She had first come to the Amazon ten years previously just for a few weeks and fallen in love with the country – the land and the people. And also she had realised how much her skills as a gynaecologist were needed and appreciated. So, after a long discussion with her husband, they...
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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...
Christ our Light on a yellow sun with rays
Anxiety eats into us at various levels. Superficially, we worry about many things. But deep down we are anxious in a way that colours almost everything we do.  So much of what motivates and drives us is an unconscious attempt to free ourselves from anxiety.We are forever nursing the hope that we can free ourselves from anxiety through achievement, success, financial security, fame, leaving a mark, and through power and sex. We nurse the secret belief that if we have the right combination...
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Cosmologists tell us that although we see only 2 per cent of the universe, scientists ‘know’ by inference that the other 98 per cent must be there. It’s just that it’s hidden behind dark matter and black holes. This might be helpful for thinking about Advent.This season should make us aware that we know very little about God.  What we do know, even the events of Christ’s first coming, are only a fraction of what is still to be discovered. In St Paul’s...
Following his popular presentation on Caravaggio at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh, Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ will be returning for the four Mondays in May to look at various images of Jesus and their basis in the New Testament. The four presentations will look at various portrayals of Jesus that we can discern from the Gospels, such as Jesus the Friend of Women,  Jesus our Friend,  Jesus who Reconciles,  Jesus the Light,  Jesus who is Tempted, the Tender Jesus and Jesus...