As I write this, the news here in Canada is dominated by two major stories: tomorrow's federal election and protests by a small but very loud contingent of people opposed to ongoing public health measures to help our society withstand the COVID-19 pandemic, especially proof-of-vaccination measures for accessing non-essential services. The theme of both of … Continue reading Sin and the Question of Pleasure: A Reflection on James 3.13-4.3, 7-8
Today's Gospel reading is Mark's version of the famous interaction between Jesus and his disciples in which he asks them the all-important question, "Who do you say that I am?" It's famous not only because it's the scene in which Jesus is identified for the first time as the Messiah, but also because right on … Continue reading Who do you say that I am?
A recurring theme in the Sunday lessons this Summer has been the question of insiders and outsiders. We saw this playing out in the Acts of the Apostles of few weeks ago, when Peter received a lesson from the Holy Spirit that the rules of engagement had changed and that the old ritual markers of … Continue reading Insiders and Outsiders: A Reflection Mark 7.24-37 and James 2.1-17
[Note: This reflection on today's Gospel reading was originally posted on February 13, 2019. It reflects on precisely what's been on my heart lately, so I thought I'd post it again in full. I hope you will read it and find it meaningful today.] “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can … Continue reading Spotless (Repost): A Reflection on Mark 7.14-23
This week, the West looked on in horror as the Taliban advanced into Kabul with shocking speed; in just a few days, it seemed, two decades of nation-building was being undone. It was a sad reminder that the world is a violent place, filled with injustice and tyrannies of all kinds. And it seems that … Continue reading The Armour of God: A Reflection on Ephesians 6.10-20