19th Sunday in Ordinary time

The story in today’s gospel sounds like a work of fiction; and if it is taken as a literal description of an actual event, then it is pure fantasy. I’m certain the story was indeed based on a genuine event, a real situation, that grew arms and legs over time and had ornamental and mythical…

18th Sunday in Ordinary time

If only we could replicate this miracle on a massive scale world hunger would be gone in a flash! ‘The existence of suffering in the world is an argument against the existence of a compassionate God as preached by the Christian faith’ - I’ve heard this kind of argument publicly repeated by various celebrities many…

17th Sunday in Ordinary time

I have to admit that neither parable in today’s gospel is particularly close to my personal experience. I have never worn any kind of jewellery. I actually used to use a metal detector, but only for a short period of time and searching for a very specific ‘treasure’, namely for arrows I had shot into…

16th Sunday in Ordinary time

How familiar are you with farming? That was my opening line last Sunday, and I have to repeat it again today because the parable we’ve just heard requires quite detailed agricultural knowledge, as well as geographical and historical. I’m not going to pretend I have such knowledge off the top of my head, so let…

15th Sunday in Ordinary time

How familiar are you with farming? I don’t want to sound like a grumpy old man (though I am one and even have the T-shirt), but it seems that with each new generation we gradually lose the connection between the food on our tables and plants growing and animals living in the fields. Once I…