I have come to serve

The Sunday Gospel Last Sunday we completed the first half of the ministry of Jesus and moved into the second stage.  “Who do you say I am?”  The first half of Mark is complete when Peter recognises him as the Christ, the Anointed One.  Jesus is his personal name and Christ is his career name,…

Touch our ears and tongues, Lord

The Sunday Gospel Last Saturday I had the great privilege of baptising my beautiful grandniece, Juliet. Actually, I prefer to refer to the sacrament as a Christening. Baptism means having a bath, being washed and cleansed. Christening, or Christ-ening, expresses the new life received, a living relationship with Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord. After naming…

Open to change

The Sunday Gospel Jesus was deeply disturbed by the travesty of a religion enmeshed in legalism. “You put aside the commandments of God to cling to human traditions.” Rules about ritual purification had sucked the beauty out of true worship. Pope Francis wrote that certain customs not directly related to the heart of the Gospel…