Scripture Notes – Sunday 31st October 2021

“You are not far from the Kingdom of God” Welcome It can be helpful to ask direct and plain questions. This is what happens in this Sunday’s Gospel: ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ We may smile at the context, which is the 613 commandments to be found in the Torah (by tradition the same as the number of seeds in a pomegranate) . Christian ethics and doctrine…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 24th October 2021

Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” Welcome Miracle stories can (and must be!) read at different levels. There’s first of all the plain story: someone in need is healed in some way. It is always the case that even at that basic level the story points beyond itself as an illustration of the Kingdom preached by Jesus. The story receives an extra layer of meaning in each…


Scripture Notes – Sunday – 17th October 2021

For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve! Welcome The Gospel addresses in a very engaging way a constant risk/temptation: the imitation of the power structures of the world. Hierarchy does not come form higher-arch but you could be forgiven for thinking it might. As Jesus bluntly says: not so among you! The former and slightly maverick bishop of Evreux, Jacques Gaillot, wrote…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 10th October 2021

We Cannot Remain Silent – We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20) Mission Month October 2021 Mission Month 2021 World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue. It always falls on the second last Sunday in October, meaning this year it will be celebrated over the…