Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #10 Jeremiah Click here for link to the video\ Jeremiah 38:6 “So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern….and he sank down into the mud” “It’s the pits!” – the origin of our colloquialism may be unclear; coal-pits or armpits are the most likely. But what is clear is that […]

Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #11 The Psalmist (Ps.102) Click here for link to the video It is impossible to predict how future historians will assess these days we are in. Almost a quarter of the world’s population is in lockdown; there is no indication as yet of when this will be over. Many […]

Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #12 Daniel Click here for link to the video This story is only popular with children because we have sanitized it so much. Generations of cartoon lions behaving like oversized domesticated pussy-cats and a happy smiling Daniel nestling safely against their fur have inoculated us against the horror of […]

Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #13 Esther Click here for link to the video The life of faith can contain far more instances of ‘living in the grey’ than we may want to admit. Yes, there are some things that are black and white; there are a few clear ethical norms and the command […]

Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #14 A Sick Woman Click here for link to the video\ I was thinking of who, in the Scriptures, could best identify with self-isolation because of disease and the risk of contaminating others, and my mind was drawn to this woman in the Gospel of Mark. The story occurs in […]

Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #15 The Woman caught in adultery Click here for link to the video They wanted justice: cold justice,but they would have needed to catch her in the act;behaved like perverted peepersand, of course, there would have been two.Somehow, the man escaped. They wanted justice: cold justice,but they were meant to […]

Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #16 Jesus: tempted Click here for link to the video Matthew 4:1 “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.” Times of solitude were crucial for Jesus during his earthly ministry. We cannot imagine the drain on his body and emotions caused by […]

Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #17 Jesus: deserted Click here for link to the video John 6:66 “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” It wasn’t the threat of arrest; there were no soldiers coming to take him away – yet. It wasn’t the fear of the […]

Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #18 Jesus: silence Click here for link to the video Matthew 26:39 “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’” We have […]

Reflections on Faith, God & Isolation #19 Jesus: forsaken Click here for link to the video Matthew 27:46: “About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ (meaning ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’). All of the examples of isolation we have examined over the past weeks find […]

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