Epiphany

In Celtic Christianity, Epiphany stories are stories of “thin places”, places where the boundary between the mundane and the eternal is very porous. God parts the curtain, and we catch glimpses of his love, majesty, and power. Epiphany calls us to look beneath and beyond the ordinary surfaces of our lives and discover the extraordinary … [To read more, click on title]

Accepting the Mandate

In the last months and weeks leading up to the birth of our first child I realised that I’d better get serious about being a father.  I wanted to be a great father – the best ever – and I wanted to get it right, right?  So I did what most men do … no, actually, I did what most men won’t do: I got a manual.  I got a book, actually.  I can’t remember where, or why I chose this book, but its title was promising: it was called … [To read more, click on title]

The Cana Wedding

Although scant on the details, the passage is dealing with when Jesus reached the right time to begin his public ministry, for him to step past his previous achievements. After thirty years the preparations were complete. His direction was changing. The life of Jesus was about to intersect with the lives of all around him. [To read more, click on the title]

Epiphany

During this brief liturgical season between Christmas and Lent, we’re invited to leave miraculous births and angel choirs behind, and seek the love, majesty, and power of God in seemingly mundane things.  Rivers. Voices.  Doves.  Clouds. 
In the Gospel stories we read during this season, God parts the curtain for brief, shimmering moments, allowing us to look beneath and beyond the ordinary surfaces of our lives, and catch glimpses of the extraordinary.  Which is perhaps another way of describing the sacrament of baptism – one of the thin places where the ‘extraordinary’ of God’s grace blesses the ‘ordinary’ water we are baptized with. [For more … click on Title]