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.
The temptations of Jesus in the wilderness are often seen as generic classes of temptation: material needs, power, immortality. But they are much more than that. Satan was attacking Jesus’ mission by trying to misdirect him into changing his priorities and shifting focus away from the Kingdom.
The prophet Joel issues a challenge to Israel and to us to repent and return to the Lord with all our hearts.
Luke’s gospel recounts the strange story of Jesus’ journey up the mountain with Peter, James and John, where he appears in blinding light with Moses and Elijah and the voice of God is heard from a cloud. Our own stories are much less dramatic but nevertheless important.
At Candlemas we celebrate the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple as told in Luke 2, and especially his welcome by two people, Simeon and Anna, who had been waiting faithfully for a lifetime to see the fulfilment of God’s promise through the prophets.
Today is Holocaust Memorial Sunday and also Homeless Sunday. In the midst of a troubled world we need more than ever to rediscover the Word of God for ourselves and live our lives by His standard.
This familiar story, which is told only in the gospel of John, is the third of the Epiphany themes and follows on from the visit of the Magi and the baptism of Jesus. It is the first revelation of who Jesus is to the ordinary people Israel, in his home town.
Looking at the baptism of Jesus himself helps us to understand what our own baptism is about – not a box-ticking event but a call to action.
It’s that time of year again, when we take down the Christmas tree and think about the visit of the Magi, and Herod’s role in the story. Who knew that Herod’s first wife was called … ? You’ll have to listen to find out!
There is a recurring theme in the Old Testament of God providing for childless women and removing what was a huge stigma in ancient times. In Mary’s case, the provision of a child when she was still unmarried had quite the opposite effect and, willing as she was to do God’s will, she went to her cousin Elizabeth to seek counsel.
John was a prophet, bringing a message that was often unpopular, but preparing the people for the coming of their Messiah.