25th Sunday in Ordinary time

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is the official name for ‘furlough’. This word used to be of marginal use, but now it’s very familiar to everyone who has not lived under a rock for the last half-year or so. All political and partisan aspects aside, the scheme proved to be a godsend to millions of…

24th Sunday in Ordinary time

Once upon a time in their marriage, Andrew did something really stupid. His wife Moira chewed him up for it. He apologized, they made up. However, from time to time, Moira would mention what he had done. ‘My dear,’ Andrew finally said one day, ‘why do you keep bringing that up? I thought your policy…

23rd Sunday in Ordinary time

The parish priest and I went to a family's house for dinner. After a while, the lady of the house turned to me and said: ‘Father, having had enough wine I can tell you what I think about…’ and then she referred to a certain situation from a not-so-distant past; nothing really nasty or unpleasant.…

22nd Sunday in Ordinary time

I have to admit that my last Sunday’s sermon wasn’t complete, although I actually hinted at its continuation today. For once, it wasn't due to my deeply rooted laziness that the sermon wasn't complete, but because the story in the gospel reading is divided into two parts, read on two consecutive Sundays. Let’s briefly recall…

Forvie Sands

  Last midnight the Scottish Government lifted some local restrictions imposed on the City of Aberdeen so for the first time since mid-March I was able to go for a hike outside the city. My choice was the Forvie Nature Reserve north of Aberdeen. One of the reasons to go here was to test my…