Tag Archives: John the Baptist

Read Mark and Inwardly Digest: Christmas Lights

This week’s Gospel reading doesn’t come from Mark, it comes from John, but is an echo of last week’s passage. Both readings focus in on John the Baptist, but with different results. If we follow the themes of the Advent … Continue reading

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Read Mark and Inwardly Digest: Are you Ready for Christmas?

I asked this question this morning at a gathering, ‘Are you ready for Christmas?’ There were sincere shaking of heads, and I could feel the palpable weight of ‘things to be done’ before the festivities could begin. Even good, faithful … Continue reading

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Soul Food: Honey and Locusts

John the baptist appears twice during advent. This week he features among the prophets and next week he has his own show. John was known for many things, most obviously that he baptised people in preparation of meeting with God, … Continue reading

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St Peter’s Day

This week has seen the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. There is a twist in the long plot of Harry Potter (SPOILERS!) where it is discovered that Harry … Continue reading

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Advent 3: Waiting….

‘I just can’t wait for Christmas’, almost every child in the kingdom cries, and almost every mother sighs, wishing that there were more hours in the day in which to get everything done, because ‘Christmas’ is just one long ‘to … Continue reading

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Advent 2: Prepare ye the Way!

John’s role as prophet is to point towards that coming forgiveness, to focus the attention upon Jesus and then to withdraw into the background.
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Advent 3: John the Baptist

When Elizabeth and Zechariah were promised a son in old age they were also promised that this child would bring them joy and gladness (Luke 1: 14). There is great gladness and joy when a much longed for child is … Continue reading

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