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The Last Seven Words 5: “I thirst.”

“I thirst,” stands alone as a stark statement of one who has suffered so much: the pain and suffering of the scourging; the sweat and toil of the Via Dolorosa; the blood lost and the struggle to breathe in the slow suffocation and the crucifixion. It is no surprise that the one crucified would seek [...]

The Seven Last Words 4: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

My God, my God, Why have you forsaken me? This isn’t the last words uttered by Jesus from the cross but they are the most terrible. We have see in the first three saying something emerging. The first words speaks about forgiveness, the second about salvation and the joy of Paradise and the third about [...]

The Seven Last Words 3: “Behold your Mother.”

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” In Jesus’ words we are drawn to focus on the wider scene of his crucifixion. What we glimpse is not an unfamiliar scene of distort [...]

“And I’m going with you.”

A couple of weekends I spent some time listening to Peter Kreeft talk about evil (and also good) in Lord of the Rings. It was, as always is with Kreeft, thought provoking and it got me thinking about what Tolkien does in the story. The part that struck me particularly strongly, on this listening, was [...]

The Seven Last Words 2: “With me in Paradise.”

‘Today you will be with me in Paradise.’ Here we witness the encounter of Jesus and the two thieves that are crucified alongside him. Both criminals would have seen the particular attention that Jesus drew from the religious leaders and leading men of the city. They may have already heard of Jesus before they found [...]

The Seven Last Words 1: Father forgive them.

“Father forgive them for they know not what they do” Luke 23:34 In Cambridge there is a common called Parker’s Piece that is just outside of the main city centre. Half way across the common is a lamp post that had been named ‘reality check point’. Students some times needing to get away from the [...]

Foolish love.

Here is Fr Neil’s sermon from a couple of weeks ago: Jesus continues to teach what fulfilling the law means. Jesus expands and deepens God’s revelation of himself in the Law and the Prophets. Later, in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus will summarise by saying, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your [...]

Lent Groups: Evangelii Gaudium

A Lent reading group started on Wednesday 12 March, following Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, and the series will run through to finish on the Wednesday of Holy Week, starting with the Introduction and then one chapter each week. Each meeting will start promptly at 8:00pm — get there in good time! Check the [...]

Allowing faith to disturb us.

One of the pages I follow on Facebook is the one linked to the Ignatian Spirituality website. It is incredibly useful, with a wide range of really good resources. However a few days ago, on my news feed an article popped up that made me sigh. Entitled “A faith that disturbs,” I expected something that [...]

A righteousness greater than the Scribes and Pharisees?

Sunday 6th in Ordinary Time year A I’d like to begin this meeting by introducing myself. I am Fr Neil Chatfield, I’ve been a sinner for 48 years. For 41 of those years i’ve been personally responsible for my actions. I have to confess that many times over those years I’ve aligned my will with [...]