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The law of four – part 3

We saw in the first week of this series that one of the places that we see the law of four is in every great story ever told as well as in the story of our own lives - the pattern of (1) Hearing the summons; (2) Enduring the obstacles; (3) Receiving the prize/favour...

The law of four – part 2

This week in our Law of Four series, we looked in more detail at the four Gospels, and particularly the connection and relation of the first three Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) - why we call them the Synoptic Gospels, and how over the last 150 years we have...

The law of four – part 1

The new parish logo has been inspired by a much larger and more ancient reality. Looking at the nature of church and our involvement within it, as well as the structure of the liturgical year and the arrangement of the readings from the Gospels is part of what we will...

Mary and Gabriel

The scene that is presented in the Gospel today is one of my favourites. We read from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1, verses 26-38. The angel Gabriel appears to announce the birth of a child and follows the pattern established in the Hebrew Scriptures: the angel says,...

Rejoice always and pray constantly

When you learn a new language one of the things that you need to become familiar with are the rules of grammar and syntax. But the degree to which you have to continue to remember each of the rules in turn is an indication that you haven't yet become fluent in the new...

Beginning of good news in the desert

As we enter the second Sunday in the season of Advent, we come to the beginning of the Gospel of Mark. The opening line of his Gospel is somewhat curious - it isn't immediately obvious if it is meant to be a heading or simply the first line. It richly evokes a number...

The longing of Advent

As we begin this new liturgical year and return in Year B to the Gospel of Mark, it is a little odd that we don't begin with the opening lines of the Gospel. Surely we should be reading from the Infancy Narratives in Mark. Oh wait - there aren't any. Yes, that's...