The Sign of Lazarus: A Reflection on John 11

Well, here in Toronto we've now entered our third week of strong public health measures intended to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our city and healthcare system. And, while it's early days yet, indications suggest that it's starting to work. And thank God for that. And yet, as much as these measures are a … Continue reading The Sign of Lazarus: A Reflection on John 11

God is with us: A reflection on the Annunciation

Today is the feast of the Annunciation, when Christians celebrate Mary's humble acceptance of her big part in God's Big Plan, becoming the mother of Jesus and thereby the Mother of God. But what caught my attention today was one of the assigned readings from the Hebrew Bible, the prophecy of Immanuel: "Therefore the Lord … Continue reading God is with us: A reflection on the Annunciation

Walking in the Dark: A reflection on John 9.1-41

As I've been chatting with friends, family, and colleagues this week, a theme that's stood out has been that doing new things is hard. Of course we all know this. But we're in unprecedented circumstances, and that means we're all doing new things every day. For some it's learning how to work from home. For … Continue reading Walking in the Dark: A reflection on John 9.1-41

Contagion

On a morning when I awoke to find that my country was on the verge of closing its final international border to unnecessary travel, I couldn't help but find the opening words of the Psalm portion a little jarring: "He strengthens the bars of your gates." (Ps 147.13). Indeed. Never in living memory have we … Continue reading Contagion