There was another procession into Jerusalem that Spring, one that escaped the pen, but certainly not the notice, of the Gospel writers and their early readers. As the city geared up for the festival season, its population swelling five-fold until every spare room, every nook and cranny, was filled with valuable rent-paying, weary and contented … Continue reading Lampoon
Were they kings, the men who followed the star from the East to honour the child with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh? Or were they merely a rabble of starry-eyed astrologers? The Gospel of Matthew marks them down as 'magi' or 'wise men'; obscure, yes, but with status or exotic qualities enough to win … Continue reading Of Brexit, Trump and Kings of Old
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” From time to time, if we are able to see through the aura of accumulated holiness hanging thick around the … Continue reading Gaudete in Domino semper
Wandering through IKEA recently I came across a display. There, in a plexiglass box, was a living room chair accompanied by a robotic machine that was submitting the chair, over and over again, to the rigors of being sat upon. By the time I saw it, the machine had “sat down” in the chair more … Continue reading Adversity and Authenticity
I like the notion of travel more than I actually like traveling. If my mood is right and I have nothing pressing to do I can easily spend an hour exploring the world of online maps, photo essays, travel journals and the like. Just this morning, while surveying the earth using a well-known computer application, … Continue reading Ash Wednesday*
Two thousand years ago a man appeared on the human stage whose titles included Son of God, Lord, Saviour of the World, God from God, Divine, God Incarnate, Liberator and Redeemer. His name was Caesar Augustus. Augustus (“the illustrious one”) was worshipped as a deity and promoted a form of world peace, a Pax Romana … Continue reading I resolve…
There's a weight scale in my bathroom with the exotic name of Atlantis with whom I have a nearly daily conversation. It's one of those modern scales with a tempered glass platform and a digital readout. When I bought it some years ago I at first hesitated to stand on the glass having never stood … Continue reading What condition my condition is in.