Author Archives: Howard

God’s Honour

What a difference there is between God’s values and those that dominate most of our human social systems! People we hold in high esteem are often dispicable in God’s eyes, and those we overlook may be the most honoured in … Continue reading

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Safety or Joy?

In this Sunday’s gospel reading, from Luke 13, Jesus makes a point of healing a woman whose chronic illness has become an accepted part of her faith community’s life. No one feels her pain anymore, no-one expects God to improve … Continue reading

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Carrot and Stick

The gospel reading for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, from Luke 12, has two distinct elements. The first is an extraordinary encouragement given to Jesus’ disciples to invest their lives and resources in the mission of proclaiming and embodying … Continue reading

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Rich and Foolish?

In the gospel reading for this coming Sunday, the 18th in Ordinary Time, Luke gives us Jesus’ parable of the Rich Fool. It raises several probing questins for us all. What does it mean to be “rich toward God”? Why … Continue reading

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Praying with Jesus

“Lord, teach us to pray” his disciples asked after seeing Jesus’ prayer life in action. To be effective in the mission he was sending them on would require them to be able to enter the prayerful, spiritual dimension that empowered … Continue reading

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A Training Day with Jesus

When we read Luke’s Martha-and-Mary story on its own terms, we may be surprised at how much it has to tell us about how we carry out the mission to which he calls us… especially about the way in which … Continue reading

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Entering the Life of God

This Sunday’s gospel reading contains the story commonly known as “The Good Samaritan”. Perhaps it should be called “The God-like Samaritan”, which is equivalent to “the saintly heretic” or perhaps “the purehearted mongrel”. However we might frame the paradoxal element … Continue reading

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Four Principles of Mission

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from Luke 10, we may find four vital principles underlying the Christian mission as Luke understood it in his day. Just in case you don’t have 18 minutes to listen to what I have to … Continue reading

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Getting Jesus Wrong

We don’t own Jesus! No matter how sincere we are about being his disciples, it is much too easy to take him up the wrong way. Mainly this consists of trying to fit something he has said into a framework … Continue reading

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Confronting the Legions

Sometimes in this great mission we are on as Jesus’disciples it seems as if the forces we are up against are just too alien and too powerful, whether we see them as political or spiritual entities. They are in charge … Continue reading

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