Sermons, talks, articles

TRINITY 7

Fr Paul’s Sermon, 15th July 2018 “Amos and John the Baptist: Compare and contrast.” That would make a good examination question in Scripture. The most obvious comparison is that both of them confronted a wicked King. Amos, seven centuries before John, warned King Jeroboam that his country would be made [...]

JOHN THE BAPTIST

Fr Paul’s Sermon, 24th June 2018 John the Baptist is one of the few saints who gets two festivals in the Church’s year – today, his birthday, and August 29, the commemoration of his death. Only our Lord himself and his blessed mother have their births commemorated, besides John. John [...]

TRINITY SUNDAY

Fr Paul’s Sermon: When I said to someone that I was (again) down to preach on Trinity Sunday, he replied, “So you’ve drawn the short straw again”, the implication being that no preacher ever wants to have to explain the fundamental mystery of our faith. Well, actually I do. I’ve [...]

The Third Sunday of Eastertide

The Gospel story is another version of that told by John – our Lord’s first appearance to the disciples after his resurrection. There are differences, because John was actually there and describes what he saw and what was important to him, whereas Luke is reporting at second hand. Because in [...]

Remembrance Sunday

Fr Paul’s sermon: Yesterday was the ninety-ninth anniversary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War, and next year we shall have completed the centenary of our remembrance. I am currently reading Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain, her account of her early life. In August 1914 [...]

The Elephant in the Room

Fr Paul’s sermon, 22nd October 2017 Do you know the expression, “the elephant in the room”? It goes back to a cartoon by the American humorist James Thurber. He showed a roomful of people, all in earnest conversation with each other, and in the middle an elephant, which they are [...]

The Assumption of Our Lady

A meditation by Fr Paul: What, precisely, are we celebrating today? In the Constitution “Munificentissimus Deus” (God most bountiful) issued on All Saints’ Day, 1950, Pope Pius XII expresses the matter simply in these terms: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, was received at the end of her [...]

Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Fr Paul’s Sermon: One of the recurrent themes in the Gospels is our Lord’s need to pray. Today’s reading follows on from the feeding of the five thousand, which in turn follows the account of how King Herod killed John the Baptist. Hearing the shocking news, Jesus withdrew to a [...]

Sunday after Ascension

Fr Paul’s Sermon. How are we to celebrate the Kingship of Christ (which is what the Ascension is all about) in the face of the Manchester bombing? If God is both good and all-powerful, why did he not stop it? Do we, as Christians, have any answers to give, any [...]

The Good Shepherd

(Fr Paul’s sermon notes for the Children’s Address) What’s this?  (CAT) What’s this? (DOG) What’s this? (RABBIT) Do any of you have a cat as a pet? A dog? A rabbit? Any other kind of pet? Do you look after your pets/ What sort of things do you have to [...]