The Wedding at Cana – Water into wine

The Epiphany Theme of Glory The account in John’s gospel of Jesus’ first miracle at the Wedding at Cana, speaks of glory – a golden thread running through the season of Epiphany; the bright star which leads the Magi; the riches they offered and their unexpected encounter with the glory of the infant king; the…

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John the Baptist

John the Baptist is a compelling figure. He has been portrayed since the earliest days as a wild and unkempt man with a shaggy beard and tangled hair. He was very outspoken to the point of rudeness – it’s quite something to call people a brood of vipers! His outspokenness brought about his untimely death…

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Apocalypse – Keeping the faith

The nature of apocalyptic writing ‘The end of the world is nigh’: you can almost see the man with the sandwich boards, walking silently up and down, maybe in the bus station or in the marketplace. The idea behind such predictions is an old one and we have two examples of it in our readings…

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The call of the first Disciples

Today’s Gospel reading in context Today’s Gospel reading is, on the surface, rather uninspiring, and also rather odd. Why would Simon and Andrew simply walk away from their nets and follow someone they seem (according to Mark’s Gospel) never to have heard of? If you do a bit of digging though, the Gospel passage is…

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