Browsing From the Pastor

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

The Gospel today is about two healing incidents in the life of Jesus, healings which show that Jesus willed life, and willed full life. The Greek word for being healed also means being saved: to be brought to full life is the essence of salvation. Jesus wants us to ... Read More »

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

Jesus asks the disciples two interesting questions in this Sunday's Gospel; “Why are you afraid” and “Have you no faith?” The first deals with our circumstances and the second with our responses to our circumstances. What are our fears? They could be fear of rejection or upsetting people whatever it ... Read More »

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the Gospel Reading, Jesus says that the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. When it is sown in the ground, it is the smallest of seeds; but it can grow to become the largest of plants. Sometimes we need to plant those small seeds in others ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Posted by Ruth Henley

Our Gospel for this feast is set around a celebrational liturgy as well. It begins with a preparing for the Passover, which recalls the blood of the Passover lamb being sprinkled on the door posts of the Israelites to keep them safe from the final plague in Egypt. Today it ... Read More »

The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity

Posted by Ruth Henley

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching ... Read More »

Pentecost Sunday

Posted by Ruth Henley

Pentecost Sunday celebrates the Father and Son’s gift to us of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the essential ingredient that makes us distinctively Christian, the absence of which would change our life beyond recognition. As Christians we are called to witness Christ to others and the Holy ... Read More »

The Ascension Of The Lord

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the Gospel before his ascension Christ gives his disciples a last command. Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel. And he adds a list of things that will characterize those of his followers who obey this command: they will drive out demons, speak new languages, handle snakes ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday Of Easter

Posted by Ruth Henley

Where Jesus stretches us beyond our natural instincts in his command to love our enemies, to be warm to those who are cold to us, to be kind to those who are cruel to us, to do good to those who hate us, to forgive those who hurt us, ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday Of Easter

Posted by Ruth Henley

The Gospel for this Sunday of Easter has the familiar story about the vine and the branches. Jesus, vine, is rooted and stable and will always bring us all the nourishment we need.

It would be great if we could stop there but Jesus wants us to grow, and we ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday Of Easter

Posted by Ruth Henley

Jesus is the Good Shepard, when Jesus speaks the sheep listen to him. This passage implies that the Good Shepherd is desirous of communicating with us, but also that we need to listen to him. Very simply this means that when we hear the Scripture read, read them ourselves, ... Read More »