A Random Anglican

A Random Anglican
A layperson's thoughts on a daily reading from the Church of England's lectionary
Created 24 Jun 2021
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  • Totalitarian rule is being worn down.
    08 Apr 2022 1 0
    Moses warns Pharaoh that God will send locusts to destroy what is left of Egyptian agriculture after the hailstorms. In the first signs of reality dawning amongst Pharaoh’s officials and in recognitio...
  • Our betrayals washed away.
    11 Oct 2021 1 0
    At the Passover feast Jesus begins to wash the feet of his disciples. Peter initially refuses but Jesus tells him that whoever wants to be a leader must be a servant. The demeaning job of washing gues...
  • The work still continues
    10 Oct 2021 1 0
    As we said yesterday Mark's account ended abruptly with the women leaving the empty tomb and not telling anyone about it. We don't know what he would have said thereafter. He may have said that Mary M...
  • Resurrection and assurance
    08 Oct 2021 1 0
    This is the last section of the Gospel of Mark which was written by Mark himself and ends abruptly at verse 8. The style of the remainder of the chapter shows that it was written by someone else in th...
  • The role of women is ignored.
    07 Oct 2021 1 0
    Most commentaries on this passage on the burial of Jesus focus on the involvement of Joseph of Arimathea and his gift of the use of his tomb. That is indeed important. Joseph was a member of the Sanhe...
  • The death of Jesus and confessions of faith.
    06 Oct 2021 1 0
    In Mark's account of the death of Jesus you could be forgiven for thinking that he died in total despair, anguish and agony, having had no exchange with anyone and utterly alone. Jesus was nailed to t...
  • Eloquence in silence.
    05 Oct 2021 1 0
    There is eloquence in silence. After his inevitable conviction Jesus is led away to be crucified. Throughout the long period of humiliation and agony that follows Jesus remains silent until just befor...
  • Can you see beyond the injustice?
    05 Oct 2021 1 0
    The local Jewish authorities are forbidden from directly sentencing a prisoner to death so they have taken Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the provincial governor to hear the case against him. In a very shor...
  • Peter's moral guilt follows Jesus's legal guilt.
    02 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Peter has been watching the trial from the crowd. One of the Chief Priest's servant girls recognises him, challenges him saying that he is one of Jesus's followers. Peter quickly and firmly denies tha...
  • Finally they get him.
    01 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Jesus has been arrested and is now before the Sanhedrin, the council of the religious and legal leaders. Keen to get a quick conviction before they must break for the Passover festival they parade a s...
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