As 2017 started, many people hoped that the new year meant that some of the world's sadness, confusion and change in 2016 was being left behind. Unfortunately, the world being what it is, change and uncertainty continues all around us. For yourself it might be that you are thinking of what to do
Anyone at uni will be aware of the weight of words filling their lives at every waking moment. Words and more words. Language. Syntax. Rhetoric. Description. Analysis. Essays. Dissertations. 3000. 8000. 10000. From dawn till dusk, day after day.
So often, immersed in the business of living, including engagement with activities germane to the exercise of vocation, we experience difficulty hearing the voice of God.
John the Baptist points out Jesus and tells two of his disciples that here is the Lamb of God. What an extraordinary statement to make! The disciples are intrigued by this declaration – they would have understood the deep significance of these words having studied the Torah.
I’ve just recently been to the cinema to see Star Wars: Rogue One. I was hugely impressed and moved by this story of faith, hope and love, in the face of adversity. During the second chapter of the film, it is observed by one character that ‘the world is coming undone’.
A friend of mine has bought a huge lamp that sits by his side when he eats his breakfast. It shines a powerful light that is alleged to stop him experiencing ‘Seasonal Adjusted Disorder’ or SAD.
Earlier this year, the Olympic and Paralympic games dominated our news. We are amazed and inspired by the achievements of elite athletes. The dedication and discipline it requires is daunting.
When we are children we count the ‘sleeps’ until Christmas; we just can’t wait for that special day and it seems to take forever to come. As adults, often Christmas seems to come around again in a flash, the days having passed by in a blur, no longer the same “I just can’t wait” feeling.
'Modernity is the transition from fate to choice… now we choose because we choose. Because it is what we want; or it works for us; or it feels right to me.’ - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.