Healing

Shame in the Garden

8 June 2024

Year B

Embracing God’s Mercy: Reflections on Guilt, Shame, and Redemption In this episode, I delve into the profound biblical story of Adam and Eve from the book of Genesis. This narrative is not just an ancient tale but a mirror reflecting our own experiences of guilt, shame, and the transformative power of God’s mercy. Let’s explore…

Christmas Reversals by night

24 December 2022

Christmas, Seasons

We are all very familiar with the Christmas story and the Christmas Gospel that we just read from the Luke 2. But in some ways the story is even more familiar than we think – and yet still radically different. For we all know stories that begin about the rich and famous. Our newspapers and…

Christmas Reversals by day

24 December 2022

Christmas, Seasons

We are all very familiar with the Christmas story and the Christmas Gospel that we just read from the Luke 2. But in some ways the story is even more familiar than we think – and yet still radically different. For we all know stories that begin about the rich and famous. Our newspapers and…

Advent Questions

10 December 2022

Advent, Seasons

Third Sunday in Advent, Year A. John began his ministry as we saw last week with a very clear idea about where he sat, where he fitted within the broad spectrum of Jewish life and indeed of what we call salvation history. His sense that like Elijah that he clearly knew the kind of model…

Gratitude is a precious gift

8 October 2022

Season of Growth, Year C

Sunday 28 in Year C All ten ‘lepers’ were cured – but only one was fully healed Healing comes from the God of Israel. We cannot be fully healed while the world remains so divided. Humans love to have boundary lines. I suspect that most of us thought very little about state borders in Australia…

Moved with Compassion

14 February 2021

Season of Growth, Year B

What is the best way to let everyone know what is going on? Tell one person the news, but ask them to keep it secret! Jesus discovers this in the Gospel today. In the Greek text he is very strong – not just sternly ordered – there is a hint of anger. More than a…

Blind Faith

28 October 2018

Discipleship, Season of Growth, Teaching, Year B

Although the idea of journey is not as strong in the Gospel of Mark as it is in Luke, the disciples have still been following Jesus along the way for many kilometres now. And still they are struggling to make sense of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him on the road….

Compassion raises the dead

5 June 2016

Season of Growth, Solemnity, Year C

This seventh chapter of the Gospel of Luke begins with two stories of healing: the first is the healing of the Centurion’s slave; the second is our gospel story today – the raising from the dead of the son of a widow in the town of Nain. In the first story the healing comes at the…

Mercy and Mission

10 April 2016

Easter, Radio Program, Seasons, Teaching

The gospel that we have today is taken from the twenty-first chapter of the Gospel of John. It is another resurrection appearance, but this time, it is not in Jerusalem, but up in the Sea of Galilee. Seven of the disciples, led by the apostle Peter, decide to go fishing. While seven are described, only…

Blind Faith

25 October 2015

Discipleship, Season of Growth, Teaching, Year B

Although the idea of journey is not as strong in the Gospel of Mark as it is in Luke, the disciples have still been following Jesus along the way for many kilometres now. And still they are struggling to make sense of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him on the road….

Taking the long way round

6 September 2015

Discipleship, Season of Growth, Teaching, Year B

We are told in the Gospel today that Jesus made his way from the region of Tyre towards the Sea of Galilee to continue his ministry. The bizarre thing is that Mark tells us that Jesus goes by way of Sidon and the Decapolis region. Now Tyre is on the southern coast of Lebanon, and…

Jesus and the isolated leper

14 February 2015

Season of Growth, Year B

Today in the Gospel (Mark 1:40-45) we find Jesus on the move from Capernaum, through the nearby villages of Galilee, wanting to preach there as well. A man with leprosy comes and falls at the feet of Jesus with a pitiable plea to match the fact that lepers in that society are not only pitied…

Service of a Woman Disciple

8 February 2015

Discipleship, Season of Growth, Teaching, Year B

We continue the day in the life of Jesus that the Gospel of Mark famously opens with. The four new disciples of Jesus travel with him as he leaves the synagogue and the now freed formerly possessed person and goes to the house of Simon and Andrew, where they find Simon’s mother-in-law sick in bed…

He does all things well

9 September 2012

Season of Growth, Year B

  The Fathers of the Church remind us that there were many miracles that Jesus performed; when a particular one stood out in the memory of the evangelists, it was perhaps for a particular spiritual lesson that the story can offer to us as we read and listen to it. AS always, we are invited…

Immediately driven

5 February 2012

Season of Growth, Year B

Every book in the biblical library has unique characteristics that set it apart from all other books in the bible. The passage that is our first reading today from the book of Job – dealing with suffering and pain – is fairly typical of this book. So also each of the gospels have particular ways…

Peace be with you

1 May 2011

Easter, New Creation, Season of Growth, Seasons, Teaching, Year A

‘Peace be with you’ – this is the greeting that Jesus proclaims to the disciples when he appears to them – even if they are locked behind closed doors for fear of the same fate falling on them as has just happened to Jesus. But the peace that Jesus promised, and the peace that he…

Thirst quenched by living water

26 March 2011

Lent, Season of Growth, Seasons, Year A

The story of the woman at the well presents many strange scenes in this most beautiful Gospel. John 4 begins by telling us that Jesus learnt that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was baptising and making more disciples than John the Baptist (although it wasn’t Jesus who was baptising, but his disciples – apparantly)…

Exclusion and Embrace

14 February 2009

Season of Growth, Year B

6th Sunday (B) – Leviticus 13; Mark 1:40-45 It did not take long during the week before we began to hear victims of the terrible bushfires that ravaged Victoria last weekend ask why did this happen? Who is to blame? Was it the fault of the arsonists who lit the fires, or the greenies who…

Exclusion and Healing

14 February 2009

Season of Growth, Year B

6th Sunday (B) – Leviticus 13; Mark 1:40-45 During the week we have heard many stories from the bushfire-ravaged centres of Victoria – many incredibly harrowing and horrific of great loss of life and possessions; some magnificent and miraculous of escape and rescue. Among these stories we have also been presented with others as victims…

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