I Dream of Gold

This morning’s gospel is about that desire, many of us share in some way or the other, greed!  Once there was a man who dreamed of nothing but gold. He was obsessed with it. Morning, noon, and night he dreamt of gold.  One day he got up from his desk and ran to the marketplace. He ran through the crowd to the table where the man was selling gold coins, he sept them all into his little bag and ran away. A policeman was standing right next to the table and he nabbed [Read more...]

We Live In A Time…

Whilst on retreat, last week, I received a message from my perfect sister. She sends me little pictures and jokes, and I must be honest, I don’t always look at them.  Now, I would much rather get a personal message from her; telling me how she is doing, or that she is praying for me, or that she loves and misses me. But every now and then I get something so profound from her that I feel humbled by the words.  Here is the message that I received last week; We live in times [Read more...]

Family Valuables

In his book Raising Your Child to Be a Messiah, Neil Kurshan tells about the medical student who went to see a counsellor about whether she should complete medical school or drop out to raise a family. The counsellor suggested that she could do both with a little outside help. The student explained that she had vowed never to entrust her children to a housekeeper. The counsellor asked why, and the young woman explained that when she was a young child, her wealthy parents would vacation [Read more...]

The Philosopher’s Love

What is love?  Jesus tells us, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.” Paul’s letter to the Corinthians tells us the character of love, but what does it mean to us in practical ways? Perhaps the story of the Philosopher’s Love can explain. You see about two centuries ago there lived a very famous German-Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Moses Mendelssohn [Read more...]

Seeker of Truth

We don’t often have the opportunity to speak of our old enemy, the devil, but this week’s gospel touches on him so I think it is appropriate to share the following story with you. When the devil saw a seeker of truth enter the house of the Master, he was determined to do everything in his power to turn him back from his quest. So he subjected him to every from of temptation—from wealth, lust, prestige—but the seeker was able to fight off these temptations quite easily. When he reached the [Read more...]