What sort of questions might guide us into the new year? Mary can help. A reflection focussing on Mary's experience of Christmas Luke 1:28-33, 2:17-19, 41-52 This podcast summarised in these news stories (one & two) made me think of Mary.
When did Christmas happen and why should we care? A reflection on Luke 2:11 to you is born TODAY in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. Other references to "Today" in the Gospel of Luke: 4:21, 5:26, 13:33-34, 19:9-10, 22:61, 23:42-43 Altdorfer's Nativity:
A reflection on Mary's encounter with the Angel Gabriel - Luke 1:26-38 I refer to the paper Gabriel’s Entrance and Biblical Violence in Luke’s Annunciation Narrative by Michael Pope in the Journal of Biblical Literature 137, no. 3 (2018) [$]. Warning: this reflection considers themes of sexual violence.
A reflection on John the Baptist's ministry in Luke 3:1-18. John calls for the transformation of the individual in readiness for the transformation of the world. What might that look like? I refer to this historical newspaper and this video clip.
A reflection on hope and climate change. I focus on the apocalyptic sayings of Jesus in Luke 21. And I refer to: - this podcast. - this article - and the following table
A reflection about being sent by Jesus focussing on Mark 6:6-13. See presentation here
How does Baptism relate to the regeneration of a Time Lord? A reflection on baptism referring to Romans 6:1-8 and the new season of Dr Who.
A reflection on the story of Ruth and Naomi.
A reflection on the story of Bartimaeus the blind beggar (Mark 10:46-52). How does his story help open the eyes of our hearts?
A reflection on Mark 10:32-45.