A Sombre Reflection 6th Aug

A Sombre Reflection 6th Aug

Important but not easy August 6th and August 9th are two dates which we should remember with sorrow and with trepidation. On these two days, in 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The death toll was somewhere...
A Sombre Reflection 6th Aug

Reflection for Sunday 8th Aug

Today our readings take us further into the discussion between Jesus and the crowd. They continue this two-level mis-conversation about bread. The crowd want food, and Jesus is offering a more profound reality, a deeper truth, but a less simple and quick answer. The...
A Sombre Reflection 6th Aug

Reflection for Sunday 1st Aug

Jesus suggests that the crowd were looking for Jesus because he had fed them, met their material needs, not because the miracle was a sign of who Jesus is. The two passages are linked with this theme of food, and misunderstanding or maybe a reluctance to engage more...
A Sombre Reflection 6th Aug

Reflection for Sunday 25th July

The feeding of the 5000 is described in all four gospels – the only one of Jesus’s miracles or signs that is. Each gospel writer focuses in slightly different ways – John tells us about the boy, about the green grass, and that the crowd wanted to make Jesus “king”....
A Sombre Reflection 6th Aug

Reflection for Sunday 18th July

Our readings Sunday are a rather ―mixed bag – or so they seem to me. Our gospel reading is a split with the middle section (the feeding of the 5000) taken out, because we will hear this when we move to John‘s gospel in a week or two. But it is strange to cut out the...
A Sombre Reflection 6th Aug

Reflection for Sunday 11th July

Reflection – Mark 6: 14-29 On a day when we welcome our new curate, the gospel reading reminds us that being a Christian leader can have a real cost. We last met John the Baptist preaching and baptising, but now he is in prison; he has annoyed Herod, because he has...