Entries by Ken Garland

Fr John’s Reflection – Divine Mercy Sunday.

Sunday, 11 April, 2021, Divine Mercy Sunday.   Believing Thomas! Thomas always seems to get a bad rap! He wants to check out what the other disciples have experienced is true. He asks good questions about how we experience life when he says if I don’t see it for myself, I cannot believe it is […]

Fr John’s Reflection – Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday – 28th March  How do we welcome Jesus into our hearts?  We know the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem all too well. How cheering crowds could so easily turn into a howling mob! It is a reality we see all too often when peaceful demonstrations turn ugly when anger turns into violence […]

Fr John’s Reflection – 4th Sunday of Lent

4th Sunday of Lent – 14th March  What bites us may not kill us!  The image of Jesus suffering on the cross has often been one of the most confronting images in which we encounter a God who self-empties everything for our good. This is a very disturbing reality for most of us as we […]

Fr John’s Reflection – 3rd Sunday of Lent

3rd Sunday of Lent – 7th March Can we buy off God?    Sometimes our prayers of intercession can sound more like a wish list where we try to bargain with God. We seek to influence a particular outcome in our favour and we would like God to see it from our point of view. […]

Fr John’s Reflection – 2nd Sunday of Lent

2nd Sunday of Lent – 28th February Transformed by Light Plunged into Darkness   Lent brings with it two amazing contrasts in the spiritual life revealed to us in the Transfiguration. The first is that we meet the full reality of Jesus contained in the law and prophets. We see clearly the black fire of […]

Fr John’s Reflection – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14th February Preparing for Lent   Thinking back over the last year it seems as though we have had our longest Lent. When we first started to hear about COVID we thought that it would last for a relatively short time. But in many ways, it has been like a longer penitential […]