We begin the new liturgical year (Year C) in much the same tone as we concluded Year B – with a focus on the destruction of Jerusalem. So it seems appropriate to reflect on the events that would have so marked the lives of any Christians living in the forty-year period between the wonderful events of the Resurrection and Pentecost to the utter devastation of the destruction of Jerusalem. Unless we take the time to reconstruct this history, we can entirely miss the significance of the celestial signs that Jesus offers in the Gospel or the encouragement that Paul offered to the early Church community in the earliest document in the New Testament.

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Recorded at St Paul’s, Camden (8am; 8’53”)