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An (alternative) Irish blessing…

May, the chill of your pint, glisten in the light. May, the “roman collar” (thanks Seamus), always be clear, level and true. May, the head of the stout rise slowly to meet you. And, may the warmth of the fire, the craic and the bant… Be yours. And be shared.

“And, you. Who do you say I am”?

Introduction. For some, this week’s Gospel reading will be quite familiar or “familiarish” (if such a word might be allowed to enter the lexicon). But. Might we take this Gospel reading too lightly…for our own and others’ spiritual well being? Maybe? Have a wee read to yourself… The Gospel reading. The Messiah 27 Jesus and his…

When Jesus is, umm…, (almost) unpalatable.

Introduction. Follow the Church of Ireland Lectionary as I do (in terms of an attempt at maintaining a weekly blog) and one soon realises that the Gospel of John Chapter 6 with its focus on the feeding of the 5,000 (note men, not women and children were included in this figure) and Christ revealing Himself…

Jesus. For the many (and not just the few).

Introduction. I am nervous about this week’s Gospel passage… I am treading upon holy ground… But, here goes. How does we understand “who” is saved, redeemed and set right, by the life, witness, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus Christ? Please do consider this passage from the Gospel of John prayerfully… The…

On Father’s Day…the Church and “men storms”.

Introduction. I am not honestly sure who came up with the idea of “Father’s Day” or for that matter “Mother’s Day”? Was it the Church? Or was it a card making company that spotted a gap in the market? And therefore encourages us to spend money on cards, meals out, balloons, chocolates and other paraphernalia?…

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