Category Archives: Inner kingdom

Homecoming

A homily for Proper 19, Year C Here is Jesus talking to the religious jobsworths and nitpickers, the people who put duty before compassion. He uses two stories about people losing things, searching for them, and finding them. Is this … Continue reading

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Life moves on

Type “coping with the death of son/daughter” into a search engine and you will be rewarded with a host of material. But most of it is directed at mothers, and nearly all concerns the death of an infant or a … Continue reading

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The old man carried the child, but the child governs the old man

Easter is early so Lent is upon us almost before the last of the Christmas chocolate cherry liqueurs disappear ‘down the little red lane’. We turn from crib to cross at the last great feast of Incarnation/Epiphany/childlikeness: Candlemas, or Presentation, … Continue reading

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Seeing clearly now the rain has gone

  For Paul’s and Aidan’s magazines, January 2016 Christmas is Emmanuel: God with us. Or rather, God within us. We cannot attain the presence of God because God is already in us. We just don’t realize it. We have nothing new … Continue reading

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I came to bear witness to the truth

Homily for the Feast of Christ the King 2015 The Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent statement that the Paris attacks caused him to doubt the presence (or was it existence?) of God gave me cause in yesterday’s sermon to lay into the … Continue reading

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I love all beauteous things

At last, Herbert Howells speaks to the sanctuary of my soul. Or, more truthfully, at last his music has penetrated the fat inclosing it. Over the years, I’ve thought and said some dismissive things about Howells. That when you’d heard … Continue reading

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Keeping up appearances

Homily for 30 August 2915. Proper 17, Year B. Deuteronomy 4: 1,2,6-9. James 1:17-27. Mark 7: 1-8,14,15,21-23 Last week Martin told us that when Paul said that we should fasten the belt of truth around our waists, the word he used which is … Continue reading

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