The Beginning of the Good News: A Reflection for Advent 2, 2020

A former priest of mine used to tell a story that has really stuck with me. He was traveling in Europe and was able to get an audience with a monk famed for his wisdom. With great difficulty, through their language barrier, he was able to tell this monk of his plans and what he … Continue reading The Beginning of the Good News: A Reflection for Advent 2, 2020

People Look East: Set the Table

People look East the time is near, Of the crowning of the year: Make your house fair as you are able, Trim the hearth and set the table. People look East and sing today, Love the guest is on the way! I'm definitely not alone when I say that I love all the special music … Continue reading People Look East: Set the Table

An Apocalypse of Presence: A Reflection for Advent 1, 2020

Well friends, we've made it to Advent once again. One of my most vivid childhood memories of this season is gathering with other children at the front of the church lighting an Advent wreath. In this tradition, each week of Advent, we would light one of five candles — three purple, one pink, and one … Continue reading An Apocalypse of Presence: A Reflection for Advent 1, 2020

O Immanuel: God is with Us

O Immanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God. Most of us are familiar with the Immanuel prophecy through Isaiah 7. In context, Jerusalem is under threat from the combined armies of Israel and Aram and the prophecy offers hope that … Continue reading O Immanuel: God is with Us

O Rex Gentium: Questions of Authority

I think it's safe to say that we as a culture have a problem with authority right now. Trust in our institutions — from government, through education, down to media and corporations — is at an all-time low. Perhaps this is why the theme of authority stood out to me when I was reflecting on … Continue reading O Rex Gentium: Questions of Authority