Today is both Trinity Sunday and Fathers’ Day. Rana explores some links between the two.
At Pentecost we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, remembering how it empowered the disciples and made them Apostles – those sent to tell the good news. We also commissioned a new evangelism team – TELUSK, Touching Every Life in the Usk Valley – to go out and share the good news, here, today.
In the early days of the book of Acts, everyone assumed that Jesus had come only to save the Jews. But it soon became clear that this was something entirely new, something for everyone regardless of background, status, religion or ethnicity.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd as we all know. To understand the imagery better we need to know a little more about how shepherds worked in biblical time.
The book of Acts sees the disciples of Jesus transition to being apostles, those who are ‘sent’ as messengers of the gospel. It also shows the fledgling Christian community changing from being a group of fearful people to those who preached the word of God boldly. Their hope was in the resurrection of Jesus, and although there was pressure to downplay or even deny that it happened, the resurrection is at the very centre of our faith.
As we celebrate Jesus’ rising again on Easter Day, we reflect on the different responses of the disciples.
Palm Sunday is the high point of the arc of Holy Week, a path which takes the disciples from jubilation to despair. We view all this from the safe distance of history, but we need somehow to immerse ourselves in what went on at that most crucial point in time.
Jesus’ teaching and actions often brought him into conflict with those who thought God was on their side, and their side alone. There are many examples of this ‘on our side’ thinking throughout the Bible, and yet Jesus comes to break down barriers.
Dr Muthuraj Swamy reflects on Jesus’ conversations during the Holy Week ‘And from that day no-one dared to ask him any more questions’ Dr Swamy is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, and Project Manager for Theological Education for Mission in the Anglican Communion. He was a theological educator in India, and the author of ‘Reconciliation’, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book 2019.
Bishop Mano Rumalshah speaks about our continual need for repentance and forgiveness in order to enter the framework of God’s love.
A brief interview with Bishop Mano Rumalshah.
… from earth to heaven, from down to up. When we are faithful to our citizenship of heaven then we can fulfil our mission on earth.