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Musings from the Abbess · 1W ago

Punishing the Body . . . No, thanks!

I chose the lectionary passages for Epiphany 6 today. They seemed fitting as the beginning of Lent approaches this week. It was the New Testament reading that caused me to stop and ponder. I...
Musings from the Abbess · 3W ago

Recognise, Rebuke and Reject

I have always loved reading. I was an early reader and as a child it was said that I “always had my head in a book.” I have memories of lying under my bedcovers with a torch (American flashl...
Musings from the Abbess · 1M ago

Look and Listen — A New Year is Waiting.

Everything is white! When I look out of my windows it is all I see, a huge expanse of white interspersed with white trees. Most of it is still untrodden (and at -17C who would want to ventur...
Musings from the Abbess · 2M ago

Pure Joy: The Dance of the Turkey Vultures.

Today, the third Sunday of Advent, the pink candle in the Advent wreath is lit. It represents joy. It stands amongst the purple candles as a reminder that even in a season of expectation and...
Musings from the Abbess · 2M ago

Expectation, Preparation and Hope

I can feel expectation! It is in the air. It manifests as a sort of excitement, preparation and hope. The squirrels feel it. From our daily practice of starting the day in the hot tub Andy a...
Musings from the Abbess · 3M ago

Money, Gains & Rejection

The lectionary gospel today is part of a series of parables in Matthew seeking to illustrate what the realm of heaven is like. I understand the realm of heaven not as some future event but a...
Musings from the Abbess · 3M ago

The Fragility of Life

On Friday I was once again brought face-to-face with the fragility of life. Two separate incidents, a continent apart, devastating for the families and friends. It was a sad day, a sad weeke...
Musings from the Abbess · 4M ago

Sacred or Secular?

 “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)This is the lectionary text, and a very well-known, oft quoted one it...
Musings from the Abbess · 4M ago

No Winners, Only Losers.

Today’s lectionary reading is the parable which has often been termed the parable of the Wicked Tenants. It is a difficult parable to understand, full of violence and hatred.Quite simply the...
Musings from the Abbess · 4M ago

Generosity or Jealousy?

Generosity is one of the values of the community. The lectionary passage today is all about generosity. In the story (Matthew 20:1-16) a landowner went out to hire workers to work in the vin...