Joel 2: 23-29 (indirectly, Acts 2: 1-21)

I remember an episode from the third series of the television comedy Blackadder, in which, fed up by the constant praise being showered upon the Scarlet Pimpernel, Blackadder describes him as:

The most overrated human being since Judas Iscariot won the AD31 Best Disciple Competition.[1] Continue reading “Joel 2: 23-29 (indirectly, Acts 2: 1-21)”

Luke 24: 44-53

I recently read an article[1] about the art of human communication in which it was argued that, in order to communicate effectively, humans had to exercise their imagination in order to facilitate, not just the mere exchange of data, but also the human desire for understanding.  In other words, communication was more than just the conveying of facts and information; it was the sharing of a conceptual landscape that enabled people to see the world in new and different ways – it enabled them to be open to surprising possibilities, as well as develop unforseen modes of being. Continue reading “Luke 24: 44-53”

John 15: 9-17

I remember an occasion when I was still working in the trade union movement, an occasion in which I had been advocating for a union member involved in a difficult dispute with her employer.  The matter had eventually ended up in the Industrial Relations Commission, with the result that I was able to achieve a partial victory for the member concerned.  But it was only partial – in many other respects, the Commission’s decision in this matter did not deliver to the member the just outcome which I thought they deserved. Continue reading “John 15: 9-17”

1 John 4: 7-21

In his wonderful book, Radical Hospitality, the Benedictine monk and priest, Fr Daniel Holman, records an occasion when he and an elderly fellow-monk, Father Noel, were strolling around the grounds of their monastery, enjoining the tranquil warmth of a lazy summer afternoon.  Suddenly, they came upon a pair of young men – not monks, but visitors to the monastery – who were lying on the grass, likewise enjoying the warm afternoon.  With one exception; the young men were smoking, and Holman, who grew up as a street-smart kid in Detroit, immediately recognised what it was they were smoking. Continue reading “1 John 4: 7-21”