It’s a strange little parable we have today. The fate of a fig-tree appears to hang in the balance.
One of the more troubling themes of Jesus’ teaching, one of the aspects of the gospel that we have a bit of a tendency to shy away from, perhaps, is this strand of thought, found most clearly and consistently in Luke’s gospel, but certainly present in the other records of Jesus’ life, that speaks of the arrival of the Kingdom of God as an overturning of the social order, an inversion of way the world is.
It’s always interesting to notice which Old Testament stories Jesus chooses to allude to, and even more interesting to notice what he does with them.
We in the Church have, I think it’s fair to say, a complicated, ambiguous, relationship with the scriptures.
A man who has one watch knows what the time is. A man with two watches is never sure.
Matthew 1:18-21 | Luke 1:39-56
The last in our series of learning from the followers of Jesus takes us back, right back, to the first person who ever knew him. Back to Mary, his mother.
John 1:1-5 | 1 John 4:7-21
As we draw towards the end of our series on learning from the followers of Jesus, and towards the end of the Church year – it’s advent in just two weeks – and we come to the witness of John.
Two stories today that I suspect we’ve all heard many times – the story of Zacchaeus, and the parable of the talents.
The third of Jesus’ early disciples in our series on learning from the followers of Jesus is one who never actually met Jesus, and one about whom we really know very little, but who nonetheless has captured the imagination of many.