6th Sunday of Easter, 1 May 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

We hear Jesus saying to his disciples in today’s Gospel: ‘The Holy Spirit, the  Advocate, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you.’[John 14:26] It is this same Spirit that we hear of in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles.  Luke states that: “it is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us …” [Acts 15:28] as he describes during the Council of Jerusalem, how the disciples decided after prayer and consultation that the Gentiles were not to be burdened with the regulations of the  Jewish Law.

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5th Sunday of Easter, 24 April 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

This week’s Gospel [John 13:31-35] provides us with the second element of what constitutes a follower of Christ.  Last week in the Gospel of the Good Shepherd [John 10:27-30] we saw that a good, intimate, loving and responsive relationship with Jesus is needed in order for us to be able to hear his voice among the many voices that are bidding for our attention.  This relationship is strengthened by our willingness to hear the Shepherd’s voice and have the courage to follow in his ways.

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4th Sunday of Easter, 17 Apr 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

During the first three weeks of Easter we have seen that the Gospels centre on the apparition of the Risen Jesus among his doubting and fearful disciples.  Easter Sunday showed us how the disciples failed to believe the testimony of the women who experienced the empty tomb, with news of angelic messengers announcing that Jesus had been raised from the dead [John 20:1-9].  The Second Sunday of Easter told the story of Thomas, who refused to believe unless he was able to see and touch the wounds of Jesus [John 20:19-31].  

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3rd Sunday of Easter, 10 April 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

Can you imagine how Peter felt in our Gospel passage today [John 21:1-19]?  Here was the man who had boldly declared that he would follow Jesus to the end – that he would lay down his life for Jesus [John 13:36-38].  This was the man who had denied he ever knew Jesus, not only once but three times [John 18:15-27].  Even though Peter had gone back to the life where he felt comfortable and competent – to his fishing profession, there was a part of him that was restless and uncomfortable.

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Second Sunday of Easter, 3 April 2016

From the Dean’s desk

The Gospel scene that is presented to us today [John 20:19-31] is something of our faith journey.  We have the disciples assembled together in the upper room, in fear, even after having heard of the appearance of Jesus to Mary of Magdala [John 20:12].  Something is blocking their coming to full faith.  Perhaps they were fearful of their Lord’s presence since they had abandoned him during his suffering and trial.   Perhaps they thought that he might take them to task for their fickleness of heart.  To their surprise, without warning Jesus steps into the room and addresses them not with words of recrimination and anger at their having abandoned him, but with words of peace.  This echoes his earlier promise that only he would give them a peace that the world cannot give [see John 14:27].  Jesus’ presence reassures them that everything is all right – all they need to do is have faith in him and receive his Spirit.

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