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Whose kingdom do you belong to?

This week the Gospel (John 18:34-38) challenges us to consider which kingdom we see ourselves living in. Do you live for the empires of this world? Or are you living into the kingdom of God? Are you aware? Does it matter? And in considering this, think about the people that we hear about in John... Continue reading “Whose kingdom do you belong to?”

 

This is not the end. This is the beginning of things.

Is it not hard these days to watch the world and not think that this is the end? If we listen to the local news, there is about to a mighty event that will end life as we know it and if we survive the cataclysm life will never be the same. We have heard... Continue reading “This is not the end. This is the beginning of things.”

 

Your name will be called too.

There is a phrase that has been said this week and it has stuck with me. The phrase? “Your name will be called”. It is of course reference to Jesus being brought to the tomb of his friend Lazarus and Jesus calling out his name and in doing so bringing the dead to life (John....Continue reading “Your name will be called too.”

 

I had a friend when I lived in Newfoundland by the name of Darryl. Darryl and I have something in common. We have both had meningitis. An outcome of the disease for Darryl is that he lost his eyesight at the age of 9 years old. But as a consequence, he spent his working life as a case worker for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), helping others to adjust to life without their eyesight. He was married to Marjorie, who was herself, born blind. She taught music in a school in Corner Brook. It was always a great thing to go into Corner Brook and stay with them, eat with them and help out.... Continue Reading

 October 21, 2021

 

Claiming the power to serve.

There were many opportunities to be at community feast when I served in Yukon and then in Caledonia diocese. With the Nisga’a gatherings I was always amazed to watch and listen to the men who greeted you at the door and how they would work out where you would sit – they needed to know who you were to put you in the right place with the right people. If you were seated to high in the order of things people might get the wrong idea about who you were in the community, and this would include you. And what about someone else who might be higher, lowering their station might come as an offense which would involve humiliation, apologies and then a reckoning of some sort to figure it out. And once in your spot, you could not leave except for the bathroom, no matter how long the community was together. Some gatherings would go well on into the evening.

The Gospel this week (Mark 10:35-45) is about the brothers James and John trying to claim good sets of power for themselves...Continue Reading

October 15, 2021

 

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