There is wonderful story told by the old Irish poets of a relationship between Oisin (OH-SHEEN), the last of the Fianna, and Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Oisin is presented as the final representative of Celtic pagan society and he debates religion with Patrick, who becomes his benefactor and protector. The story can be … Continue reading Patrick and Oisin: Remembering Our Ancestors
St. Patrick’s Day is today, so I thought I would talk a little bit about the saint that so many of us have heard about. He has a whole holiday attributed to him but other than shamrocks, vague references to snakes, and green beer most people know very little about him. He is one of … Continue reading St Patrick: Faeth Fiada
Last week we spoke about Jesus feeding 5000 people with a couple loaves of bread and some fish. (You can read that post here) He was standing on the edge of the sea of Galilee. He had gone out that way to seek solitude after hearing of the death of John the Baptist, whom he … Continue reading Jesus Joins Us in the Storm
In our gospel reading this morning (Matthew 14:13-21) we hear of a miraculous story, one which was witnessed by thousands of people and which can be found in all four gospels. Our reading began with “now when Jesus heard this”, what Jesus had heard was the news of his cousin’s death. John the Baptist … Continue reading Faith That Feeds the World
The celebration and observance of lent goes back to ancient times. The word Lent itself comes from the old English lencten meaning "spring time" which comes from the Old German langitinaz which means "lengthening of days". So, when we speak of fasting for Lent, we are really referring to our spring time fast, when the … Continue reading Allured into the Desert: The Lenten Journey
So today we are going to wrap up our little series on the sermon on the mount. If you want to start the series from the beginning you can click here. So far, Jesus has told us about who we need to be inside and how we should avoid making shows of our righteousness for … Continue reading The Narrow Path of Life and Why You Should Choose It
Last week we talked about the law and how it is meant to be understood. The main point Jesus was making was that it’s less important what you do and more important who you are. He urged us to look inwardly and be concerned with our interior condition which is the cause of all … Continue reading What Do You Worship and What Will Be Your Reward?
When Jesus examined the laws of his people he was saying “everything you have known your entire life is about to change” He was saying “the way you grew up and what you were taught in church needs to be called into question”
Instead we live in solidarity with the brokenness around us, of which we are a part. We come to inherit the earth as it is and in our meek and mournful spiritual poverty God begins to work in and through us.
Yesterday was Robert Burns day and today I would like to do something a little different. For those of you who don’t know, Robert Burns is Scotland’s most famous poet. He lived in the 1700s and wrote numerous poems, many of which have been turned into songs like Auld Lang Syne, the one we … Continue reading Burns and the Bible: From Whence Comes Your Worth?