Lent

Journeying with the Lord towards the Cross

The Gaze of the Crucified One

This week we were confronted by those horrifying images that came out of Syria of the chemical weapon attack on innocent civilians. This rightly appalled us and provoked a response. Yet, these horrors at one level are nothing new. We see this across human history, and...

Revolution 5 – The Revolution Continues

The early Christian message is not well summarised by saying that Jesus died so that we can go to heaven. That way of looking at the gospel and mission both shrinks and distorts what the Bible actually teaches. It ignores Jesus’s claim to be launching God’s kingdom...

The Revolution 4 – Atonement

When Jesus knew that it was his time to go up to Jerusalem to face the passion and death - why did he choose the festival of Passover? Surely if his actions were going to bring about the ultimate covering over of sins, he would choose the great festival of expiation -...

The Revolution 3 – New Goal, New Humanity

Paul is often accused of being dry and clinical in his writing - but sometimes he can open us to the most beautiful and stunning statements about the love and mercy of our God. The second reading today - from Romans 5 - provides us with such a statement. He tells us:...

The Revolution 2 – Covenant and Cross

When Jesus told the disciples that he was going to suffer and die, or as he does in today's Gospel, tell them not to speak of the transfiguration vision until after he had been raised from the dead - what was the story that they had in their heads when they would...

The Revolution 1 – Why did Jesus die?

As we enter into this new season of Lent, the Church offers us very evocative readings to guide our journey. But it seems that there is an even more fundamental truth that lies at the heart of the Christian faith - which is the question of "Why did Jesus die on the...

Passion and Sorrow

Each year we are invited to be part of this mad emotional journey on this day that begins with such joy, wonder and jubilation as we join the crowds in their shouts of Hosanna and glory, lining the roadway from the Parish Centre across the carpark into the church,...

Moving Mercy – part 5 – rocks and release

We conclude this series today with the beautiful gospel of "the woman caught in the very act of committing adultery" from John 8. The Gospel is intriguing on so many levels not least because of the manuscript uncertainty concerning its placement in this location in...

Moving Mercy – part 4 – two books

"A man had two sons. So begins one of the most moving and beautiful stories that Jesus told - Luke 15. We have often called this parable "The Prodigal Son" but that removes some of the richness - because all three characters are essential to this story - the prodigal...

Moving Mercy – part 3 – presence

The account of the encounter between God and Moses on the holy mountain can teach us so much about our journey towards healing - receiving and sharing mercy. It is worth reflecting on the divine name that God reveals to Moses - that he calls himself "I am". This...

Moving Mercy – part 2 – drop the jawbone

In this series on the experience and practice of mercy, the second reality that we need to confront is the intoxicating nature of revenge. When we look at the scriptures to find the first mention of revenge, we do not have to look very far. In fact, after the two...

Moving Mercy – part 1 – rat poison

‡ Week one - Overview 1.    What it isn’t Mercy is not: Condoning what they did. If they did something that was wrong, then that is not okay. Waiting for them to apologise or repent for what they did or make amends. This may never come, so stop holding onto a likely...