Being Rich & The Kingdom of God

Bit late but here is my sermon from yesterday on the grounds of "better late than never"!   Mark 10.17-31 When I think about the man in today’s gospel reading I imagine a rather earnest, conscientious person who worries about doing what’s right. He’s a good Jew who not only knows what he’s supposed to … Continue reading Being Rich & The Kingdom of God

Living Faith

15th Sunday after Trinity / Proper 18 / Year B James 2.1-17 / Mark 7.24-37   Once upon a time a man called Nasrettin was invited to a banquet and set out wearing his old patchwork coat. Along the way he stopped to help capture a runaway goat. When Nasrettin arrived at his friend’s house, the … Continue reading Living Faith

Bread of Life

John 6.35, 41-51 / Ephesians 4.25-5.2 11th Sunday after Trinity / Proper 24 / Year B   In our reading today Jesus speaks of himself in these words:   “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry; whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”   During our lifetime … Continue reading Bread of Life

Miracles, Faith and Free Will

6th Sunday after Trinity / Proper 9 Mark 6.1-13 / 2 Corinthians 12.2-10   Mark tells us that Jesus has come home to Nazareth after performing a string of miracles, but if he’s hoping for some rest and comfort among his family, friends and neighbours, he’s going to be disappointed. He goes to the synagogue … Continue reading Miracles, Faith and Free Will

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know?

2nd Sunday after Trinity /Proper 5 / Year B Mark 3.20-35   Lady Caroline Lamb said of the poet Lord Byron that he was “mad, bad and dangerous to know”. If this phrase had been around in 1st century Israel it would’ve been very useful to the enemies of Jesus. They’re possibly scared of Jesus’ … Continue reading Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know?

The Good Shepherd: And Being Sheep

4th Sunday of Easter / Year B John 10.11-18   Every year, in the summer, I go to the Lake District with my husband, where we like to go walking and climbing the hills. They are usually long and hard climbs, but the views at the top are worth it. What does rather unreasonably annoy … Continue reading The Good Shepherd: And Being Sheep

What’s Your Passion?

Jeremiah 31.31-34 / Hebrews 5.5-10 / John 12.20-33 5th Sunday of Lent / Year B I don’t know what sort of things you’re passionate about.   When I say passionate I mean that you feel gripped by them, unable to let them go – you want to spend lots of time doing them because they … Continue reading What’s Your Passion?

Elijah, Elisha and Transfiguration

2 Kings 2.1-12 & Mark 9.2-9 Sunday next before Lent/Year B   This week I’ve been up in my attic rummaging through old things. I don’t go up there much because there’s a danger of meeting spiders, but for some reason I had an urge to do some clearing out, and it’s not a big … Continue reading Elijah, Elisha and Transfiguration

Revelation

1 Samuel 3:1-10 / Revelation 5:1-10 / John 1:43-51 2nd Sunday of Epiphany / Year B   In this season of Epiphany we’re celebrating the ways in which God reveals himself to the world in Jesus. Revelations come in many ways. Some are small but persistent like the voice in the night that Samuel got. … Continue reading Revelation