Entries by Hans Ede

Fr John’s Reflection – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24th January The Kingdom is close at hand  Our mission field is provided by the one square metre in which we live. This becomes more self-evident when we become aware of physical distancing in this age of the pandemic. Often this can feel like holding people at arm’s length for […]

Fr John’s Reflection – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17th January What do we set our hearts on?  The desire for something or someone greater than ourselves lies at the heart of our quest to be truly human. It is almost as if there is something in our DNA which naturally seeks union with the whole of creation and […]

Fr John’s Reflection – The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord – 10th January  Become like water                                                          At the centre of our Christian life is the sacrament of baptism in which we die to ourselves to become one with Christ. In this sacrament, we hear the words of God spoken saying “You are my Son, the Beloved: my favour rests on […]

Fr John’s Reflection – The Epiphany of the Lord

The Epiphany of the Lord – 3rd January What gift do I lay before the Lord?  Circumstances can often dictate our response to how we live. Whether it is the continuing effects of the pandemic or simply putting on a few extra kilos over Christmas there can be a tendency to feel that our life […]

Fr John’s Reflection – Fourth of Advent

Fourth of Advent – 20th December Waiting  Patience is a virtue but at times when we are time-pressured, it can be put to the test. The last-minute activities prior to Christmas can even seem to test the best of us to maintain a steady pace and a peaceful demeanour. As the days count down, we […]

Fr John’s Reflection – Third of Advent

Third of Advent – 13th December Be Happy at all times  “When faced with trials put on a happy face!” There can be a sense that when Paul writes to the Thessalonians there is a sense of being overly optimistic or covering up the difficulties we face with a false smile. I believe what Paul […]

Fr John’s Reflection – Second of Advent

Second of Advent – 6th December Writing Straight with Crooked lines  Walking through the shopping centre the other day it was hard to believe the hardships we have been through and that much of the rest of the world is facing. There was a distinct feeling of deja vu. That people were shopping, preparing for […]

Fr John’s Reflection – First of Advent

First of Advent – 29th November Guiding Star  Over the last few weeks, much attention has been focused on the results of the US Election. This has not just caused us to reflect on the electoral process that has taken place but also the varied standpoints which have emerged about whether the result was free […]