Elizabeth Ruth Obbard retells The
Interior Castle by St Teresa of Avila
Catherine Pickford relishes the positive
power of learning to lament
Similarly, Jesus assures us that, even when we cannot see it,
God's Kingdom is steadily growing, as from a tiny mustard seed.
Christians live by faith and not by sight. Equally, yeast works
unseen to make bread happen. Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to
the yeast rather than the bread, thus making God's Kingdom the
invisible catalyst for growth rather than the finished product.
That is dynamic.
Jesus spoke, memorably, of the stones crying out (groaning in
labour pains and hope?) if people were silent when the Messiah came
bringing redemption. Can we hear the cries of the ravaged earth and
the people who suffer on it? Do we respond with action?
Obbard introduces The Interior
In difficult times, try to think of others'
needs, Catherine Pickford suggests - and
use these words
James Hawkey reflects on the Westminster
Abbey vigil next month
James Steven looks at issues that arise in
compiling centenary services locally
Rosalind Brown: If the parable of the sower is
about nothing else - and it is about other things, too, as Jesus
explained - it is about the need for disciples to probe what God is
saying in the midst of ordinariness.
Why come? So that Jesus can give rest. But Jesus says more:
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me." Rest is part of what
Jesus offers people who come to him, but so, too, is the
opportunity to keep in step and learn from him.
Ted Harrison searches for the numinous in