21st Sunday in Ordinary time

Ben Macdui and Braeriach are the second and third-highest peaks in the UK, respectively. The distance between those two summits is just over a couple of miles as the crow flies. So, it is very tempting to any ambitious hillwalker to bag both in one go. What are two miles for a hardy tourist? When…

The Assumption of Mary

‘We proclaim and define it to be a dogma revealed by God that the immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever virgin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven.’ This is the definition of the subject of today’s feast, officially pronounced by Pope…

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…