The Feast of the Ascension

The Feast of the Ascension

Although Ascension is now celebrated in many churches on the 7th Sunday of Easter, the official day is 40 days after Easter Sunday.  a Ascension doesn’t mean absence; it means sovereignty, exercised through the Spirit. —N.T. Wright From a young age, I was taught...
Dead Bones and Shining Cities: Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dead Bones and Shining Cities: Sixth Sunday of Easter

 The following is a reflection on the lectionary readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C) : Ezekiel 37:1-14 / John 14:23-29 /Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5. Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open up your graves, and bring you up from your graves…And you shall...

Easter Sunday: Matter matters

God’s new world of justice and joy, of hope for the whole earth, was launched when Jesus came out of the tomb on Easter morning, and I know that he calls us to live in him and by the power of his Spirit and so to be new-creation people here and now, bringing...

Palm Sunday: What Makes for Peace

  . As a child I quietly harboured an uneasy dislike for Palm Sunday. The processions, the palm waving, the triumphant chorus: “Blessed is He who comes in the Lord’s own name. Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!” Triumphalism bothered me then, and it...

ASH WEDNESDAY : Deeper Considerations

Dear Reader, The following is Chapter 4 in the Lent collection of reflections found in the Pilgrim Year series: a multi-modal, media rich series of online (mobile device friendly) reflections on the Spirituality of the Christian Calendar year.  I’ve done a fair...

Beginning Lent: Clean Monday

Clean Monday : First Day of Lent (Eastern Rite) -by Steve Bell Dear reader, this is chapter 3, excerpted from the Lent collection of reflections found in the Pilgrim Year collection: a multimedia experience through the seasons of “theological time” – Advent,...
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