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Nativity in Stained Glass

These three windows in St Benedict’s Church, Newton, Auckland, tell the nativity sequence beautifully. The birth of Jesus in the stable, the angels pointing the way so the shepherds could adore Him, and the Magi coming with their gifts – the Epiphany. In the church the stable scene is in the middle, so the shepherds […]

Thursday 2 August

Jeremiah 18:1-6; Psalm 146; Matthew 13:47-53 A bit fishy I’ve always wondered about this parable. It seems such a waste – throwing those fish away because they are of no use. Then it paralleled to the end of life – the wicked and the upright are separated. I wonder how that is done – what […]

Saturday 28 July

Jeremiah 7:1-11; Psalm 84; Matthew 13:24-30 We wait for the Lord In Matthew's gospel we see Jesus' familiarity with the details of agriculture in the surrounding countryside. Darnel is a noxious weed, the seed of which is similar to that of wheat. Planted together the shoots would become intertwined and only distinguishable above ground. Who […]

Good Old St Ignatius

A favourite millennium joke concerns a tableau staged in Heaven to celebrate 2000 years since the birth of Christ Jesus. As I remember it, it goes like this: It was a great celebration. The angels were in fine voice, and Jesus consented to be a baby again. He lay in Mary’s arms while Joseph sat […]

Thursday 1 March

SECOND WEEK OF LENT Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1:1-4,6; Luke 16:19-31 Happy are they who hope in the Lord The Prophet Jeremiah and the parable of the rich man remind and challenge us to make sure that the compass of our heart is set on Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life. The rich man […]

Angels All Around

In a little over three weeks, three sensible, ordinary, down-to-earth people spoke to me, in a matter of fact way, about seeing angels

Mary’s Life in Stained Glass (2)

The Birth of Jesus Having been refused entry in the town of Bethlehem, Joseph must have been desperate – what to do with his betrothed Mary in labour. Hence the stable implied in Luke’s account of the birth. I would expect in a window depicting the scene to see a newborn wrapped in swaddling clothes, […]

Sunday 17 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Genesis 18:1-10; Ps 15; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42 Just listen If you were to write a list of jobs to do today, where would time for prayer be? Where on the list would the time to read God’s word feature, and time to study the counsel of prophets and apostles, […]

Midnight

: Is 9:1-7 calls me to risk stepping out of the morbidity of darkness and into the vitality of the light, to see what God has done. Titus 2:11-14 calls me to give up everything that does not lead to God. Lk 2:1-14 a call to overcome my fear, the major driving force of modern […]

Angels in the Architecture

A reader asked me to expand on a sentence in a previous article “When angels appear in the architecture it is usually in a higher register.” The Church has always been convinced that angels and saints worship God and, therefore, our liturgy is in imitation of theirs. The preface for Eucharistic Prayer II leads into […]