The Ascension of the Lord

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room first. The elephant is Jesus travelling upwards towards the skies above and disappearing from view behind clouds. Taken literally it makes no sense for a great variety of reasons, like the mode of travel (levitating?), asphyxia due to the lack of oxygen at high altitudes, heaven not…

6th Sunday of Easter

The virus is dead. That’s a matter of scientific fact. A virus is a string of genetic code, unable to do anything on its own. It’s not alive. To thrive it needs a host, namely a living cell. Without such a hospitable environment, it can at best (from its point of view) lie in waiting,…

5th Sunday of Easter

Lord, we do not know where you are going. This short phrase from today’s gospel can summarise how many of us feel after two months of Great Eucharistic Deprivation and - in many cases - facing personal or domestic challenges, troubles or tragedies caused directly and indirectly by the pandemic. Even if we fully accept…

5 Sunday of Lent

I had some great ideas for this sermon. Then on Friday Pope Francis used up all my ideas in his powerful sermon in the Vatican and I was back to the drawing board. By Saturday lunchtime I scraped some other ideas, planning to turn them into a sermon, but then Bishop Hugh recorded and published…

2nd Sunday of Lent

How do you get yourself ready for a journey? I guess the most obvious answer is ‘it depends’. Before you start planning, you have to know a few basic facts, like where you’re going, for how long, what’s the purpose of your trip, who you’re going with… Only then you can start thinking about bookings,…