the missing virtue..

First, the dead shall be raised. Paul makes no bones about that – for all you who are still waiting… I don’t want you to be misinformed, he writes – “For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the […]

Hunger

The disciples had been sent out – two by two.  They have seen and done wonders and miracles ‘by their own hands’.  Now they’ve found their way back to Jesus, who says ‘Hey; let’s take some time to talk about what’s just happened…’It’s been a hectic time.  They had not even had a chance for […]

Present.

What do you make of this episode in Jesus’ life?  Home, for Jesus, means Nazareth.  In Mark’s gospel, there is no hint of heavenly announcements – no rustic nursery in Bethlehem – no murderous fanatic causing the young family to flee the country.  Jesus ‘of Nazareth’ – local boy made famous by his miraculous healings […]

To boldly go…

Jairus was leader of the local Synagogue; as a man of privilege and power; a man whose wisdom and knowledge of religious tradition and practice was essential to the spiritual health of the community, he comes to see Jesus.  This might have been a natural curiosity – or it could have been a pre-emptive visit, […]

Seeds of hope.

Little things mean a lot.  Gestures of affection, courtesy or respect aren’t always grand things.  Words like ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’.  Holding the door open for one more person.  Giving up your seat in a crowded waiting room.  Letting someone else go ahead of you at the checkout.  Little things – whether or not you are […]

reflecting on fear

‘Perhaps he’s out of his mind…’  ‘The devil makes him do it…’  These are the conclusions that those closest to the situation offer, where Jesus is concerned.  One is grounded in the loving concern of his family.  The other is a ‘learned defence’ against his representation of the work of God, the love of God, […]

on reading Mark 3 during General Assembly*

His family is worried and the authorities accuse. Typical, these reactions of fear. Fear moves us to protect or prosecute as though these were our only options. The fear is of the difference made in the life of one who trusts God. Who shines light on brokenness and says “be whole!” who represents, not division […]

The rules, and how to ‘keep’ them…

There are those who imagine that religion is all about rules.  Do this, don’t do that – it’s how we decide who is faithful and who is not; who’s with us and who’s against us.  Judaism has a long history of rules, and the ‘religious children’ of Judaism, which include Christianity and Islam, have rule-keeping […]