Violence: A Reflection

Then the soldiers lead Jesus into the courtyard of the governor’s palace…and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him…they struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him.  After mocking him…they lead him out to crucify him.

– Mark 15: 16-20

Those of you who follow my other blog, Confessions From A Comfortable Couch, will know that I work the evening shift at my local convenience store a couple of nights a week to help with the household budget.  These same people will also know that, on the Comfy Couch blog, I have written a number of lighthearted posts about the various thoughtless and foolish people I have encountered as a consequence.  The “tone” of these posts has ranged from the caustic to the amused to the self-deprecating.  My purpose in writing these posts was not to mock the people portrayed, but to express the frustration (as well as the humour) that arises through the experience of human foibles. Continue reading “Violence: A Reflection”

Exodus 34: 29-35; Luke 9: 28-43a

The English cardinal John Newman once famously said: “To live is to change; to be perfect is to have changed often.”

When it came to change, Newman knew what he was talking about.  Born into a mainstream Anglican family, at different stages of his life he was a low-church Nonconformist, then a high church Anglo-Catholic, before ultimately converting to Roman Catholicism and rising through the ranks of the clergy to the position of Cardinal.  Newman’s journey of faith is remarkable not least because it occurred at a time sectarianism was not only the norm, but when “jumping the fence” could make you an outcast in society, in academe, even within your own family. Continue reading “Exodus 34: 29-35; Luke 9: 28-43a”