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…

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…

Corpus Christi

How ironic that we are celebrating this feast of Jesus’ sacramental, the most tangible presence, in a virtual, physically absent way! This sacramental presence is so vital for the life of the Church that it has a special solemnity, held on Thursday, ten days after Pentecost Sunday (in Scotland it’s moved to Sunday for practical…