Lift up your heads

All Saints, November 1 2015 Job 42.1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34.1-8 (19-22); Hebrews 7.23-28; Mark 10.46-52 Rev Jessica Lowe, United Methodist Church Today is the first Sunday in November and also the day that we celebrate All Saints Day. In the Protestant Church, we tend to view all humanity as having the capacity to achieve sainthood,…

Happy ever after

22nd after Pentecost, October 25 2015 Job 42.1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34.1-8 (19-22); Hebrews 7.23-28; Mark 10.46-52 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland The standard ending of the standard fairy tale is: “And they all lived happily ever after.” But this standard ending is a lie: The prince and his beautiful new bride grow old, lose…

On the road

21th after Pentecost, October 18 2015 Job 38.1-7, 34-41; Psalm 104.1-9, 24, 35c; Hebrews 5.1-10; Mark 10.35-45 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Standing at the Western Wall in 1967, even while the battle for Jerusalem raged, Moshe Dayan vowed, “Jerusalem, we shall never leave you again!” Yet when he saw the flag of Israel…

Suffer the little children

19th after Pentecost, October 4 2015 Job 1.1, 2.1-10, Psalm 139, Hebrews 1.1-4, 2.5-12, Mark 10.2-16 Rev Kate McDonald Reynolds, Scottish Episcopal Church For the past two weeks, I’ve been in Bethlehem studying Arabic at the language centre near the Church of the Nativity. On Friday afternoon, Justin and I were walking back to Bethlehem…

Our greatest need

18th after Pentecost, September 27 2015 Numbers 11.4-6, 10-17, 24-29; Psalm 19; James 5.13-20; Mark 9.38-50 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland In 1979, Margaret Thatcher set out to demolish the post-war British consensus. She saw her neoliberal attack on the welfare state as literally that: a war, even a crusade. In this war, no…

Who is wise and understanding?

17th after Pentecost, September 20 2015 Psalm 1; James 3.13-4.10; Mark 9.30-37 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland, St Andrew’Galilee One place Pope Francis won’t be visiting when he arrives in the United States this week is Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Detroit. Well, even an active 78-year-old can’t be everywhere, not even on…

Welcome the children

17th after Pentecost, September 20 2015 Psalm 1; James 3.13-4.3, 7-8a; Mark 9.30-37 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me…

Happy New Year!

September 15 2015 We don’t get much Bible study in the Guardian or the New York Times. But in this as in so many other ways, Israel is different. Haaretz – the liberal daily that most resembles these two newspapers – is just one of many sources to offer reflections on the portion of the…

A striking thought

September 15 2015 On Tuesday last week, I wrote a letter on behalf of Tabeetha School in Jaffa to Reuven Rivlin, the president of Israel. On Thursday, I helped craft a letter for Angus Morrison, the moderator of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland, to send to David Cameron on the same subject.…

Wisdom and folly, life and death

16th after Pentecost, September 13 2015 Proverbs 1.20-33; Psalm 19.1-14; James 3.1-12; Mark 8.22-38 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland On Tuesday this week, I wrote a letter on behalf of Tabeetha School in Jaffa to Reuven Rivlin, the president of Israel. On Thursday, I helped craft a letter for Angus Morrison, the moderator of…