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Reproduced from the September 2017 issue of Roquetta, Menorca’s English language magazine. “This is really about Menorca,” said one of the local Roman Catholic clergy in the heat of fiesta celebrations a couple of years ago.  His point was that although the fiesta celebrations remain attached to the Catholic culture of saints and their patronage, […]

Readings for Worship in September 2017

Readings for the main services of Holy Communion on Sundays and Wednesdays during September. 3 September Exodus 3.1-15; Psalm 105.1-6,23-26,45b; Romans 12.9-21; Matthew 16.21-28 6 September Colossians 1.1-8; Psalm 34.11-18; Luke 4.38-44 10 September Exodus 12.1-14; Psalm 149; Romans 13.8-14; Matthew 18.15-20 13 September – John Chrysostom, Bishop (David Green, reserve sacrament) Jeremiah 42.1-6; Psalm […]

Theme for Sunday, 27 August 2017

Scripture for Sunday: Exodus 1.8-2.10; Psalm 124; Romans 12.1-8; Matthew 16.13-20 (“Who do you say that I am?”) Not everyone is happy with the names bestowed upon them by their parents.  This is probably related to the way in which our names and identities become intertwined.  My paternal grandfather, given three forenames, elected to use the […]

Theme for Sunday, 20 August 2017

Scripture for this Sunday: Genesis 45.1-15 (Joseph & his brothers); Psalm 133; Romans 11.1-2a,29-32; Matthew 15.21-28 (Jesus and the Canaanite woman) In the past months, there have been various images showing people (often women) standing up to the threat of violence – images that show people brave enough not to stand down when confronted with power; images that […]

Barcelona

In Es Castell, today, at 12:00 a number of us gathered with the leaders of the Ajuntamiento to observe a minute of silence for the victims of the attack in Barcelona yesterday. I know that there are many who feel anger, but I can only feel deep sadness. I watched the ferry from Barcelona arrive […]

Theme for Sunday, 13 August 2017

Scripture for this Sunday: Genesis 37.1-4,12-28 (Joseph kidnapped by his brothers); Psalm 105.1-10; Romans 10.5-15; Matthew 14.22-33 (Jesus walks on water). The past week has not been short on fearful news (back to the 1960s? the 1860s?): nuclear weapons; white supremacists and counter demonstrations; images of hatred. It’s not just an American problem, although at the […]

Finding God in the World Around Us

[Reproduced from the August 2017 issue of Roqueta, Menorca’s English-language magazine.] “You don’t have to go to church to find God,” I said at a memorial service in Canada several years before moving to Spain.  It was in a retirement home; we were celebrating the life of a lady who found peace in the surrounding […]

Theme for Sunday, 6 August 2017

Scripture for Sunday: Genesis 32.22-31 (Jacob wrestles with God); Psalm 17.1-7,16; Romans 9.1-5; Matthew 14.13-21 (Jesus feeds five thousand) Some years ago, while I was a curate in California, I caused something of a stir in an article in the parish newsletter.  I wrote: There are many signs about that say, “God bless America.”  Well, God […]

Theme for Sunday, 30 July 2017

Scripture for Sunday: Genesis 29.15-28 (Jacob & Laban); Psalm 105.1-11; Romans 8.26-39; Matthew 13.31-33,44-52 (Parables of mustard seed, yeast, pearl, treasure and fishing). There’s a video floating around on the internet in which a judge in an American court gives a lenient sentence to a recent immigrant from Africa for speeding because of the honesty of […]

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