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…

St Peter & St Paul

‘You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.’ One of the twelve closest disciples of Jesus gets this announcement in response to his confession of faith in Jesus as the Son of God. It’s a short sentence, but full of meaning and significance. Firstly, Jesus addresses the man in question not…

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…

The Ascension of the Lord

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room first. The elephant is Jesus travelling upwards towards the skies above and disappearing from view behind clouds. Taken literally it makes no sense for a great variety of reasons, like the mode of travel (levitating?), asphyxia due to the lack of oxygen at high altitudes, heaven not…