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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 19  March 2017
Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 19 March 2017

Water has such powerful connections with human beings; it forms part of our world and ourselves. Too much or too little is incredibly destructive for life. Some of us, as in the UK, live on an island, surrounded by sea. On land, rivers streams, books and becks irrigate and nourish the earth. I have very strong memories of childhood summers spent with our French relations in the Jura, France, a landscape of river springs

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 9 October 2016
Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 9 October 2016

Though we might not see lepers on our streets, for antibiotics have alleviated this terrible disease in many areas of the world, it still exists. The stigma applied to those who suffered from it was very exaggerated; ancient communities struggling with the disease, thought it was a punishment from God and isolated those who showed symptoms of it from normal society. We now understand it as a curable infectious disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae, which predominantly affects the skin and superficial nerves.

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 2 October 2016
Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 2 October 2016

It has become quite common to describe people as 'a person of faith' as somebody connected to a religious tradition, in contrast those who either don't profess any religious affiliation or belief, or who won't bracket themselves in such a manner. I have a number of friends who simply describe themselves as 'spiritual'. I have to be honest and say that I don't quite understand their use of the term, spiritual, spirituality is connected with the inner search for meaning or the Divine, lived out in a particular way, for example, Benedictine,

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Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 3rd July 2016
Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 3rd July 2016

After a tumultuous week in UK politics one could be forgiven for wanting to seek some solace and reassurance in the scriptures, but I'm afraid what we get in Luke's account of the sending of disciples ( Lk 10: 1-20)is yet more uncertainty. Jesus does not give any ready made answers, nor does he seek to comfort those he sends, instead he reminds us all that ministry and mission as disciples will not be plain sailing: 'Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.' The mission is clear; we are to proclaim the God's Kingdom! Some may accept

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 Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 10 April 2016
Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 10 April 2016

It's been good for me this Easter to have entered into the celebrations feeling empty, why? Well I suppose like many people I begin to ask questions about the structures of faith that we all seem to accept as simply being there. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a crisis of my faith but something I believe we have to take on board if we are serious about discipleship and of our need for Christ.

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons: 17 January 2016
Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons: 17 January 2016

One poetic phrase can often sum up a whole story and for me the 17th Century poet, Richard Crashaw's famous quote about the miracle at Cana just does that: 'The conscious water saw its God and blushed!" Straight away Crashaw points to Jesus as somebody intimate with creation, active and involved in it, the creative word of God who blesses and transforms. It's a very deep theological insight into the connection between the material world and incarnate Lord and hints at the abundant grace God pours on us that can change our lives from water into wine!

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons: Feast of Christ the King - 22 November
Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons: Feast of Christ the King - 22 November

How do you see Christ? What image do you have of him when you are worshipping or praying quietly? Is he the Lord of the Byzantine Icon, majestic, solemn, gazing into your soul? Is he a local image, the Christ of your own culture, or perhaps a much loved face from a painting by one of the great religious artists? I've thought a lot about this whilst thinking of the feast of Christ the King. In John's Gospel, Jesus very clearly says that his kingdom is not of this world and that his kingship is 'to bear witness

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 25 July 2015

Pictures of hungry starving people are always disturbing. Those of us who live in an affluent society cannot begin to comprehend what it must be like to have little hope of food or water. It is to their credit that so many people act according to conscience and with compassion to support charities and aid agencies that help alleviate situations of extreme deprivation. Some of us will help in an active way by becoming involved in these situations.

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The Great 'O' Antiphons: 18th December - O Adonai
The Great 'O' Antiphons: 18th December - O Adonai

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with outstretched arm. (Common Worship trans) Adonai is the Hebrew word meaning ‘My Lord’ used by Jews as a substitution for the holy name of God which a cannot be spoken, and so is a reminder of the heritage the Christian community recieves from the people of Israel, the first to hear the promise of the future Messiah.

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 1 December  2013
Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 1 December 2013
The long dark nights in our northern hemisphere are broken during this month of December by the glimmering of lights; there are a number of religious festivals during the month that catch the warmth, comfort and excitement of illuminating the night. We are already into the festival time of Chanukkah, the Jewish feast of Lights which began on the eve of 27 November and ends on 5 December. St Nicholas shows up with joy and gifts especially in the Netherlands on December 6 and in the darker corners of Northern Europe on her feast day December 13, Saint Lucy
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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 14 July 2013
Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 14 July 2013
As with many of the parables of Jesus, the story of the good Samaritan has a clear story line that anybody can pick up, a traveler, robbed, wounded and possibly left to die by the wayside is seen by several people two of who are Jewish religious figures, they pass on by. A Samaritan, one outside the faith of Israel looks after him, takes him to an inn not only paying for board; lodging and care but promises to return to see the man on his way back. So far it is quite clear what Jesus is doing, answering a particular question
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