Today is Trinity Sunday and we reflect on the nature of the God we believe in and how God reveals his nature to us. Seamus Mallon once said that the present power-sharing arrangement in the North had been suggested and rubbished a generation before in the Sunningdale agreement of 1973. He described the later Good Friday agreement of 1998 as
Monthly Archives:: May 2015
The sending of the Spirit into the world and on the early church sees another of the promises of Christ fulfilled. Christ has not abandoned us. The spirit of Christ is alive and working as effectively as always. It was the function of the spirit at creation to bring order out of chaos, to bring beauty into creation, to give
The Ascension has to do with leave-taking. Christ’s last words to his disciples and his final instructions and words of teaching are, like all last words, considered particularly important.
The ascension of Christ marks his liberation from the restraints of time and place. It does not mean his removal from the earth, but his constant presence everywhere on earth. In
We used to speak a lot about being in a state of grace. It meant being on good terms with God, being in a state of friendship with God and with neighbour. We hear the word more often now in its negative form. Those who have offended are said to be in dis-grace.
The friendship of God for us and
When Jesus chose an image to teach his disciples something of the reality of being a disciple, he chose his image carefully. He also chose images which were familiar to those who were listening to him, like the image of a shepherd and sheep. The other image he used, that