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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Taking Our Stand

Episode date: January 25, 2013
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One of the great strengths and delights of St Aidan’s Church is its diversity, with all manner of cultures and ages, but a place where we are first and foremost Orthodox Christians.  We have an expression and it comes from a dream vision in the book of the prophet Daniel, “to have feet of clay.” It means to be less than perfect, to have some fault or weakness especially in someone who is proud or arrogant. However, we have more than feet of clay; we share the earthy nature of all humanity.  St Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians talks about “treasure in earthen vessels”. Yet as St Paul reminds us in the reading…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Loving God and Loving Humans

Episode date: February 11, 2013
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Learning to Love God, Our Neighbour and Ourselves
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, God is one.

In the Gospel today from St Matthew, at the end of Chapter 22, Christ urges the questioning expert in the Mosaic law (just as he urges us) to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” as well as to “love your neighbour as yourself.” That is quite difficult. We would all like to love God and our neighbour much more than we do in practice; and yet, and yet, we also genuinely wish to look after ourselves and our families, to balance our love…

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A Voice From The Isles
Don’t Bury Your Gift

Episode date: February 21, 2013
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This parable teaches us that we should not under any circumstances neglect or hide the gifts that God has given us. Mostly, people are fearful of sinning by doing something wrong. Here the sin is to neglect to do what is right.
The poet John Milton was fascinated by this parable and referred to it in a number of his works. In his sonnet: “On his blindness” he writes as follows:-
“When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent, which is death to hide,
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present

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Embraced By Love

Episode date: March 08, 2013
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Over 1700 years ago an infant lay sleeping in a cradle. A small swarm of bees settled on his face much to the great alarm of his parents nearby. However, the swarm rapidly dispersed and the baby’s father, hastening to the cot, found his child unharmed - but with drops of honey on his face. His parents took this to mean that the child would be honey-mouthed and speak sweet words of wisdom. The child’s name was Ambrose.

In adult life Ambrose became a highly respected civil servant and, notably, a pious, honest and good man. As was fairly common in that day a Christian might not be baptised until much later in life. Thus we encounter…

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A Voice From The Isles
Choices Matter

Episode date: March 15, 2013
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There is a story I once heard of a young man who came home from University for a holiday. He asked his younger brother how things were, and was told everyone was fine although they were a bit concerned about Granny. “She is reading the Bible a lot just lately,” said the younger brother.  “Ah” said the student “I expect she is cramming for her finals”.

Any teacher will tell you that a good student does not leave study until the last minute.  Examinations are scary, we all know that.  The idea of judgement is worse. Western artists have produced some terrifying images and music about the Last judgement. A search…

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