Christianity is about Grace, and the language of Grace is the language of gifting; giving and receiving. God comes to Mary with a gift – the honoured role of being the Mother of Christ – and she received it. Her reception of this gift was not naive, not unconsidered or free of queries, but in… Continue reading grace at christmas
This Christmas I sit in our living room before heading to bed, typing out a festive blog post. The room feels and looks very ordinary: couches, pillows, television, computer, DVD’s, books and more. Life, most of the time, is ordinary. Life is exciting and varied enough as it is. We don’t need too many sensational… Continue reading ordinary
In Genesis 2, the Lord gives instruction that the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ is not to be eaten from. There is deep mystery and meaning in this command. There seems to be some kind of boundary being established, and it seems to be a kind of protective boundary. The serpent, in… Continue reading don’t hold on
In the most mysterious of all paradoxes, God seems to be the sort of God who – almost always – waits for our permission and cooperation to act in our lives. The One who said ‘Let there be’ and gave birth to the life-cycle of all creation, will not force the divine life into ours… Continue reading giving birth to life
My recent time at Kopua Monastery and my reading this morning of ‘The Church of Mercy‘ (a lovely collection of addresses and ecclesiastical excerpts from Pope Francis) have me pondering the role and place of Mary in Christian faith. Given that modern protestants say more about the role Mary does not have, than the role… Continue reading mary – channel of salvation?