Do you know what Jesus meant by ‘a talent’?

Matthew 25: 14-30    Thirty-third Sunday of the Year

How come Catholics pray for the Dead?

We're not morbid. It's just that we believe in life after death.

Why people don’t get to go to heaven

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Luke 14 15-24

Jesus has been talking about how some people expect to go to heaven, but won't make it; and how other seemingly unlikely candidates will make it. In today's Gospel Our Lord explains why some people won't make it. 

Do you know the name of your Guardian Angel?

On their Feast Day I recount how I found out the name of my own Guardian Angel. 

Deacon John celebrates

On the Feast of St Peter & St Paul on 29th June 1992 my father-in-law was ordained a deacon. This year we celebrated the Feast and marked his Silver Jubilee in the diaconate. A remarkable man!

Similarities between people and sheep

Good Shepherd Sunday; Vocations Sunday

Sunday 7 May 2017

[Fourth Sunday of Easter]

Acts 2: 14,36-41                      1 Peter 2:2-25             John 10:1-10

 

People don't like being told they are stupid, so using examples about sheep is much more tactful.

Sheep get very easily disorientated.

Sheep can't defend themselves.

Sheep follow like.... sheep.

Sheep have a very short attention span.

Sheep panic.

Easter Vigil - is resurrection credible?

Alleluia! Christ is Risen.

Here's my Easter Vigil homily, hot of the presses. It starts with the Gospel from Matthew (28:1-10)

Death defying

Genesis 12:1-4a          Romans 4:1-5, 13-17            Matthew 17: 1-9

Today I visited Hall Green United Community Church, which includes Methodists and Moravians in its congregation. I preached as part of a pulpit exchange we have in Hall Green to mark the week of Prayer for Christian Unity - but I couldn't visit during January, so was invited today, the Second Sunday of Lent. I was surprised to find that I mentioned "death" eleven times. Well, we Christians are not afraid of death, are we?

Good News, not fake news

Monday 20th February 2017    Mark 9: 14-29 Jesus cures a boy suffering from seizures.

People thought Jesus might be Moses come back to save The People again. Here's an example of why they might have thought this.

And there's arguing, dissent, shouting crowds, fake news. It's all here....

 

The Nazis - a Warning from Prague

In the heart of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, lies the Church of Ss Cyril and Methodius. This ancient church stands as a Christian response to the terrible atrocities inflicted in that place and across Europe by extreme nationalism in the 1930s and 1940s. Now it is memorial to those who died fighting fascism and a place of national and international reconciliation ...