Christ Church Cathedral. Advent I. 6 Dec. 2015

Christ Church Cathedral. Advent I. 6 Dec. 2015   Mark 13:7: When you hear of wars, and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is not yet.     Humankind has suffered rumours of wars, and wars themselves, from its beginning. The Bible is full of them; and […]

March 22nd 2015

Some foreigners, outsiders, button-holed Jesus’ disciple Philip at a Passover festival in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.  “Excuse me, sir. We’d like to meet Jesus.” They had heard a lot about Jesus – his miracles, his strong words, how he championed people no one else would touch, how he challenged the authorities. It sounded as […]

Lent II- March 1st 2015

Mk 8.34: ‘If any want to become my followers, let them take up their cross and follow me.’   One of the most famous stories from ancient Greece is that of the Trojan War; only the other day someone caused a stir by describing a recent Greek proposal in terms of a modern Trojan Horse. […]

The Fourth Sunday of Lent: March 15th 2015

  Numbers 21:4-9; Ps 1071-3. 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21   You may have noticed if you sometimes pass through Blackrock, County Dublin, a sculpture of a rod with a snake entwined around it on the roof of the Blackrock Clinic. This is the staff of Asclepius, the ancient Greek god of healing. It is […]

Advent Sermon: December 14th 2014

“We’ve got High Hopes” – Yes that’s what the Advent season is all about, High Hopes. The prophet Isaiah, in the devastated Jerusalem and shrunken Judea that confronted Jewish families returning from the Babylonian exile, encourages his despairing community with “high hopes”.  In our Gospel reading, John, the fore-runner of the Messiah, promises the arrival […]