Elizabeth Ruth Obbard continues her
retelling of The Interior Castle by St Teresa of
Lindsay Llewellyn-MacDuff finds that
making gestures in the office can be more uplifting than using
DO WE think of Jesus having a row? He needed space to grieve
over the execution of his cousin, but the crowds would not leave
him alone, and compassion got the better of him
Continuing his line of thought from last week's reading, Paul
has entered the courtroom
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