Posted on: 20/09/2020
Today is the Feast of St Matthew for whom I have a special affection being the title of my old parish where I grew up and from which I was ordained.
As we know, Matthew was a tax collector when he was called by Jesus. As an Apostle, he accompanied Jesus on his missionary journeys and was a significant witness to the resurrection. Present at the Ascension he was author of the first book of the New Testament, written we believe for the new Christians emerging out of the jewish communities in Syria after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70.
The traditional symbol of Matthew is the man - his Gospel begins with the genealogy of Jesus, from Abraham through to St Joseph, emphasising his human nature and the turning point in history.
Almighty God, who by the hand of Matthew the evangelist,
has given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ your Son.
We thank you for this witness and pray
that we may be firmly grounded in its truth
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
St Joseph, foster father of our Saviour, pray for us
Posted: 22 October 2020
An early start for me this morning - the chimney sweep was here at 7.30am Do you fancy a little more Baden Powell - he seemed to go down well yesterday
Posted: 21 October 2020
I was looking through my book shelves for a book of Chesterton’s poems; I couldn’t find it but I did come across my ancient yellowing copy of Scouting for Boys by Baden Powell which my parents bought me in 1964.
Posted: 20 October 2020
Buckle up for the next lockdown - and when we do let’s remember those who don’t have a buckle - those struggling for work, missing family, friends and companionship, their support networks drying up. And count our blessings.