Jesus

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Jesus tells an unusual parable.  Luke 16.1-13    It appears to support dishonesty.  A steward who manages his master’s estates is accused of wasting his employer’s goods; he is dismissed, but before he goes he must submit his final account.    This gives the steward time to plan his future. He is about to join the ranks of the unemployed and he wonders how he will survive.He can’t face the thought of a labourer’s job or begging on the streets....
Interior of Notre Dame
‘Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will not have life [to the full] in you', said Jesus.  (John 6.53; 10:10)Jesus is referring to his body insofar as it is not simply his glorified body in heaven, nor simply a communion wafer in a church. What we are being asked 'to eat' is that other part of his body, the community, the flawed body of believers here on earth.In essence, Jesus is saying: you cannot deal with a perfect, all­loving, all-forgiving, all-understanding God in...
Jesus transfigured in front of his disciples
The Transfiguration was a unique experience in the life of Jesus and the three disciples who witnessed it. Jesus' ''face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light". (Matt. 17:1-9)Moses and Elijah also appeared and talked with Jesus. Moses had been dead for about 1,500 years and Elijah for almost 1,000, yet there they were.A third phenomenon was the overshadowing cloud and the audible voice of God saying: "This is my son, the beloved; he enjoys my...
Anastasis, Chora Church, Istanbul by Nick Thomson on Flickr
When we were younger we may have occasionally thought that there were things in our life which ought to be changed. Most of us are well intentioned, but we can keep pushing these things off. Yes, I need to do this, but I’m not ready yet. I’ll get around to it sometime.That’s a near-universal sentiment. The tension we experience between our desire to grow-up and our stalling in doing that, reflects a tension that lies at the heart of Jesus’ message, a tension between God...
Words of the Lord's Prayer
When we reflect on the Lord's Prayer, we begin by recognizing that we are adopted children, and as such we have a passionate attachment to our home. We want to be where Christ is fully present: this is our home in the deepest sense. We are growing and moving into the prayer of Christ Jesus himself.  We note the seriousness of inviting God to forgive us as we have forgiven. But what does it mean to pray, 'Lead us not into temptation'? Surely God does not make us be tempted?In...
Open Bible
One of the great tragedies and errors of the way people have understood the Bible has been the assumption that what people did in the Old Testament must have been right 'because it's in the Bible'. It has justified violence, enslavement, abuse and suppression of women, murderous prejudice against gay people; it has justified all manner of things we now cannot but as Christians regard as evil.But they are not there in the Bible because God is telling us, 'That's good.'...
Detail from a 19th-century carved mother-of-pearl shell which is used in baptisms.
In the baptised we expect to see both an openness to human need and a corresponding openness to the Holy Spirit, a constant recovering, re-enacting of the Father’s embrace of Jesus in the Holy Spirit. The baptised person is not only in the middle of human suffering and muddle but in the middle of the love and delight of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That surely is one of the extraordinary mysteries of being Christian.We are in the middle of two things that seem quite contradictory: in...
Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
The primary reason for evangelising is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him.  So says Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium; “what kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? If we do not feel an intense desire to share this love, we need to pray insistently that he will once more touch our hearts."“Christ’s resurrection is not an event of...
Helping the Homeless
We have all experienced unexpected acts of kindness from time to time. Surely the whole of life will be more enjoyable if we learn to value and appreciate the natural goodness that is in others, rather than think of the world only as evil, and that as Christians, we have a monopoly of goodness. Goodness is the fruit of the love shown by God when he created humankind.God later came to us in the person of Jesus as a continuation of that initial love. This now enables those who receive him to bear...
Dominican Friar praying the Rosary
Chastity and celibacy are often confused. Celibacy means single either by choice or circumstance. Chastity for the married means faithfulness; for celibates it means abstaining.One of the main goals of chastity is to love as many people as pos­sible as deeply as possible. That may seem strange to those used to defining chastity negatively - that is, as not having sex. But this has long been the tradition of the Church. Chastity is another way to love and, as such, has a great deal to teach...

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