20th Sunday in Ordinary time

The ‘B’ word - highly charged and in some quarters highly divisive. It’s virtually unavoidable unless you live under a rock. Of course, I’m talking about the term, coined a few years back, describing the political divorce of the UK and EU. Shortly after the 2016 referendum I chatted with a couple of my local…

18th Sunday in Ordinary time

The quickest way to lose friends is by lending them money. The quickest way to lose more friends is by attempting to mediate between the lenders and the borrowers. People fall out over many things, but money or wealth are among the most common and long-lasting. That’s why Jesus - asked in today’s gospel to…

16th Sunday in Ordinary time

The car on the drive has been fully loaded with outdoor and picnic equipment, a child has already been seated inside the car with seatbelt fastened. There’s a woman standing beside the car, slapping her forehead, suddenly remembering she has to go to Mass because it’s Sunday; opposite her stands a man in despair, frustrated…

14th Sunday in Ordinary time

‘The Lord appointed seventy-two others.’ That’s roughly three times the number of people gathered in this church this morning. Who were those ‘seventy-two others’? What were their names? We don’t know. We do know though that they were other than the twelve Apostles, the closest confidants of Jesus, who would later be given responsibility for…

St Peter & St Paul

My friends from Poland were usually surprised to hear I was a Parish Priest at St Peter’s Church in Buckie. The surprising bit was that the church bore the name of St Peter only. In my home country, if a church is dedicated to St Peter the Apostle, it’s virtually always dedicated to St Paul…