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Deacon's Homily, Thursday 27th week Year 1

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Yesterday, we heard how the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus answers by teaching them the prayer that will become the most frequently used of all Christian prayers, the Our Father. Jesus teaches them how to pray, but he doesn't stop there. He knows just all too well that if his disciples pose the question of how, it will sooner or later be followed by the question of why. It is this why that today's reading is concerned with.

Jesus assures us that God the Father will be there for us as a father is there for his child. He is even mocking the disciples gently, giving them absurd examples to show how the Father would never act: If his son asks for a fish, will he then instead of a fish give him a serpent? No, the Father is there, listening and acting, providing us with what we need.
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Biblical Beasts: Whale

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

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Biblical Beasts: Vulture

Monday, October 03, 2011
Those parts of the Old Testament canon originally written in Hebrew have a number of words for birds but a significant one among them is ‘nesher’. This bird is described as having magnificent wings and soaring high, of nesting in high rocky outcrops, of having keen eyesight and descending swiftly on its food source. Well, it could be an eagle (see the blog from 20 July) but it could equally be a vulture. In particular it could very well be the Griffon Vulture, also called the Great Vulture, its modern scientific Latin name being Gyps fulvus. It was common in Palestine and indeed is still found all around the Mediterranean. This bird does not correspond to the stereotype we now tend to have of vultures as scruffy, quarrelsome and unintelligent. The Griffon Vulture is a very large bird, being little short of five feet in total length, and the wingspan measuring about eight feet. The adult bird is a yellowish brown colour, augmented by the black quill feathers and the ruff of white down that surrounds the neck. (All photos here are of the Griffon Vulture.) Read more

Fruits of Study 8: The Notion of Love

Monday, October 03, 2011
Our faith is based on love, and love is the foundation of our whole life. Of course we know what it is, but trying to describe it is not always that easy. Can we at all give a definition of such an all-embracing, profound notion?  Read more

Biblical Beasts: Unicorn

Saturday, October 01, 2011
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Friars' Passions; Cricket?

Saturday, October 01, 2011
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