Dear Friends, St Paul writes of the ‘hidden wisdom of God. This is a wisdom that is far greater than any human wisdom. It is revealed in the scriptures but above all in the person and the words of Jesus. In today’s Gospel he speaks about what lies behind our actions whether they are good or evil. He also speaks with authority: ‘you have heard it said….but I say to you’. … [Read more...] about Newsletter 16.02.20.
Dear Friends, In today’s Gospel we hear part of the Sermon on the Mount. The teaching of Jesus is clear and direct. The images of salt and light are simple and easy to understand - salt without taste or light hidden away are both useless. St Paul complements this with his approach. He insists that it was not with ’any show of oratory or philosophy’ that he brought … [Read more...] about Newsletter 09.02.20.
Dear Friends, Today’s feast of the Presentation of the Lord is also called Candlemass. Forty days after Christmas Jesus meets with the Father in the Temple and makes the traditional offerings. He also meets people of faith - Simeon and Anna. In the person of Simeon the Old Testament gives way to the New. But the shadow of the Cross already looms because the darkness will … [Read more...] about Newsletter 02.02.20
Dear Friends, Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee which had a mixed and pagan culture. He begins to call his disciples. They respond to his call and leave their homes and jobs because they recognise in him someone special. It is also in Galilee that Jesus reveals himself by his teaching and by curing all kinds of sickness. God bless, Father James The … [Read more...] about Newsletter 26.01.20.
Dear Friends, The readings this weekend focus on the Incarnation. In today’s Gospel John the Baptist appears as a witness to what has been revealed to him about Jesus. ‘He is the Chosen One of God’. Our faith tells us that God has come among us in Jesus who is truly human as well as truly divine. We speak of it as a ‘mystery’ not because it is incomprehensible or a … [Read more...] about Newsletter 19.01.20.