Scripture Notes – Sunday 6th March 2022

Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!   Lent: our springtime of faith! Welcome As Ash Wednesday approaches, we are painfully aware that war has broken out in Europe. It is a catastrophe. Pope Francis reflects: My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine. Despite the diplomatic efforts of the last few weeks, increasingly alarming scenarios are opening up. Like me, many people all…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 27th February 2022

Building your house on rock According to the geographer and traveller, Pausanias, the Temple of Apollo, the home of the Delphic oracle, had three teachings on display: “know yourself”, “nothing to excess” and “certainty leads to insanity.” The first of these is not a bad summary of this Sunday’s conclusion of the Sermon on the Plain in Luke. Welcome The third and final part of the Sermon on the Plain…


Scripture Notes – Sunday – 13th February 2022

The Beatitudes Welcome Since Covid, we’ve all been obliged to take stock and look at ourselves. What is it I really want deep down? When am I flourishing? How to live so as to flourish? One contemporary way of reading the beatitudes is to replace the word “blessed” or “happy” with the word “flourishing.” This is recommended by Jonathan T. Pennington in his book The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing (2017). With the translation adjusted…


Scripture Notes – Sunday 6th February 2022

   Put out into the deep! Luke offers us an interesting scene in 5:1-11, an original bringing together of the preaching of Jesus, a miracle and a prophetic call. In our context — the context of the Synodal Pathways — certain expressions jump off the page: the word of God, put out into the deep, do not be afraid, from now on you will be catching people alive (literally in…