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‘Birth or Death?’ – A Homily for the Feast of the Epiphany

“Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly, We had evidence and no doubt. I have seen birth and death, But had thought they were different; this Birth was Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death. We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation, With an alien people clutching their gods. I should be glad of another death.” …Read More

“Written in Human Flesh” A Homily for Christmas Day

It is quite amazing that although we live in a world where communication is possible at the touch of a button – with skype, face-time, email, twitter, facebook, iPhones and iPads – we often get it wrong. Emails and texts are misread, intentions are misinterpreted, meanings are lost. In some way we have a communication overload, with all the images and sounds that hit us constantly being reduced to mere …Read More

‘Bound by an Infants Bands’ – A Homily for Midnight Mass 2017

Christmas plays with what seems to be an amazing contradiction. In the fourth century the amazing preacher John Chrysostom put it like this: “The Ancient of Days has become an infant. He who sits upon the… heavenly throne now lies in a manger. And he who cannot be touched… now lies subject to the hands of men. He who has broken the bonds of sinners, is now bound by an …Read More

‘Can God find a Home Here?’ – A Homily for Advent IV

Out of Jewish imaginative engagement with its sacred texts there is a disquieting legend of the beginnings of creation, where God sends forth his first creation Wisdom into the world. She travels far and wide visiting all the places where people live – nations and cities, villages and clans. But in this particular story Wisdom finds no home where people dwell as they are only godless, hateful, violent places. In …Read More

Texts of Terror and Words of Renewal – A Homily for Advent III

I never thought being the vicar of All Saints Hove would entail five carol services in the first week of Advent, or even decorating a tree almost before that season had started! It seems like Christmas is coming earlier each year, and sometimes that feels great – the trees and decorations lighting up the street of Denmark Villas has been a wonderful antidote to the cold dark winter’s nights – …Read More

‘Sing the Chiefest Joy of Mary’ – A Sermon for the Feast of the Assumption of the BVM

A great pop moment of the 80s was the video for Diana Ross’ ‘Chain Reaction.’ Here Miss Ross can be see with huge hair wearing a giant sparkling fish-tail dress, on a revolving stage with fireworks exploding all around her. It really is one incredible moment of fabulousness! The Feast of the Assumption is sometimes imagined in this way, especially by some of the more baroquely minded of the Christian …Read More

‘For those in Peril on the Sea’ – A Homily for Sea Sunday

Both the psalms and Isaiah speak eloquently of the dangers of the sea. They speak of the watery Leviathan, a sea monster that threatens chaos and destruction. And whereas in the book of Job the watery Leviathan becomes the most potent sign of God’s mysterious grandeur, the greatest and most dangerous of his works; in the book of Genesis it is reduced to a mere play-thing for the divine, just …Read More

‘Divine Hospitality, Divine Rejection’ – A homily on Matthew 10.40-42

Moving back to the UK has been more difficult than I thought it would be, as this time I’ve been moving back with my partner, someone not from here, an outsider if you like. These last few months have been both amazing and difficult, and Cam has sometimes felt he’s not welcome here as he has struggled to even speak with another human being in what has at times felt …Read More

‘Sharing a banquet with the divine’ – A homily for Corpus Christi

One of my favourite icons is Rublev’s Trinity, a beautiful re-imagining of an even more ancient narrative from Genesis, that of God’s mysterious visit in the form of three strangers to Abraham and Sarah. An image and a story of hospitality and welcome around a meal where humanity and divinity meet face to face as if they are old friends. Spending some time before Rublev’s icon, you get a sense …Read More