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Tag Archive for ‘war’

MM 50 Years Ago

A vision that will make a better world The word ‘ecology’ has become a household word recently. It is the ‘in’ thing to combat pollution. Immense efforts are being made to purify the skies and the waters of the earth in heavily industrialised countries and to prevent pollution happening here. Some day we hope that this […]

Saturday 3 August

St Dominic (M) Leviticus 25:1, 8-17; Psalm 69; Matthew 14:1-12 Jubilee mercy Leviticus prescribes a Jubilee every fiftieth year. Slaves and prisoners are freed, debts forgiven, crops and lands rested, and the mercies of God lived out. We constantly debate climate, war and mass migration, while God’s wisdom calls for respite for the earth, personal […]

Thursday 25 April

Anzac Day Acts 3:11 -26; Psalm 8; Luke 24:35-48 They were amazed We all remember those who have died in war and those who go on suffering grief in the years that follow. In considering the places of ongoing conflict in our world, we need again and again to hear these words of Jesus, “Peace […]

Monday 18 June

1 Kings 21:1-16. Psalm 5, Matthew 5: 38-42 A new kind of justice Today’s gospel teaching would have got a reaction. Justice was measured out as reward or revenge according to the situation. Wasn’t Jesus getting the two mixed up? What was all this about inviting a second smack on the face? I think Jesus […]

Friday 11 May

Acts 18:9-18; Psalm 47; John 16:20-23 Hearts full of joy Even though we live in post-resurrection times and know that the war against Satan has been won, there are still times of “weeping and wailing”. In many countries of the world there is either active persecution or else contempt and derision of followers of Jesus. […]

Can You Bear It?

A man went to apply for a job. After filling out all of his applications, he waited anxiously for the outcome. The employer read all his applications and said, “We have an opening for people like you.” “Oh, great,” the man said, “What is it?” “It’s called the door.” Interviewer: “You have no experience in […]

Friday 5 May

Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 117; John 6:52-59 Welcoming the stranger As Paul travelled along the road to the ancient Syrian city of Damascus, he was struck to the ground by a bright light. Today's traveller could be struck by a missile fired by government troops or by rebel groups, as this city has for five years […]

Spinning the War

One of the most impressive monuments in Christchurch is the Bridge of Remembrance, battered now by the earthquakes, but still standing tall and proud. Many times over the years, I have paused and looked at the inscriptions engraved on its impressive walls, with places such as Passchendaele, the Somme and Gallipoli carved into the stone. […]