[Leviticus]  Holy Now

[Leviticus] Holy Now

“Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”   – Leviticus 19:2 (NIV) Oh my, Leviticus, why are you in the Bible? Oh my, Leviticus, with your instructions for the Levite...
Ash Wednesday 2017

Ash Wednesday 2017

Ash Wednesday brings us back to Earth. What are these ashes? Perhaps they are last Easter’s palm hosanna’s waved in joy, now presented to the fire. Once full of life, now grey-shadowed dust transformed, and lying in a waiting bowl. Ash Wednesday brings us back to...
Candlemas Day

Candlemas Day

When you wake on February 2, you are 40 days from Christmas. You might think it is Groundhog Day, but alongside this celebration of forecasting hope or gloom, it is also Candlemas. Candlemas is very old tradition rooted in the visit of Mary and Joseph to the Temple...
The Shepherds Came

The Shepherds Came

She holds him in the cradle of her arm, a soft, swaddled weight that fits just right. She intones the story. On the night that you were born the sky was a lovely dark and the stars shone brighter than any night I ever saw. On the hill behind the shed we heard the...
A Solitary Whispered Prayer

A Solitary Whispered Prayer

Hannah was mother of no-child for years and years. This was pain; pain etched deep. In her culture, infertility was a woman’s fault a sign of God’s disfavour, a source of shame a  slow internal dying of an envisioned future, a well of grief and tears. And every year...