The Vocation of a Pluscarden Monk

Desire for God. Longing to respond to Jesus Christ; fully, authentically, adequately; to his goodness, his love, his self gift. Desire to serve the Church; not just a bit, but with total commitment; even to the giving up of life itself. Desire to live the life of the Church; to live the Eucharist; to participate […]

5:e påsksöndagen. Årg A

On John 14:1-12. Jesus said to his disciples: Do not let your hearts be troubled. We are at the Last Supper, according to the account of St. John. Jesus has washed his disciples’ feet. He has watched Judas go out on his mission of betrayal. He has declared his own imminent departure, given his new […]

3:e sönd. i fastan/3rd Sunday of Lent

On Jn 4. She could scarcely have been more of an outsider. For a start, just being a woman was enough to rule her out as someone a respectable rabbi like Jesus would be seen talking with. But more than that, she was a Samaritan woman. And worst of all, she was a sinful Samaritan […]

6:e sönd. u.å. Årg. A

Homily for Sunday 6A, on Mt 5:17-37. Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfil them. Throughout St. Matthew’s Gospel, we find a strong emphasis on the perfect accordance of Jesus with the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament. Matthew […]

2:a sönd. i advent/Advent Sunday 2A

On Matthew 3:1–2 St. John the Baptist is a major figure in the history of Israel, obviously an authentic Prophet, ranking with the greatest Prophets of the past. He takes up the hopes of the other, earlier prophets, and says that they are all to be fulfilled in Jesus. John’s witness is an extremely important […]

23:e sönd. u.å. Årg C

Anyone who does not carry his Cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. In today’s Gospel Jesus seems to do all he can to put people off from following him. No sane, reasonable person, he seems to say, would seriously consider becoming his disciple. A disciple of his must hate his family, and […]

16:e sönd. u.å. Årg. C

Lk 10:38-42. Probably everyone knows the famous Trinity Icon of Rublev. It’s based on the story from Genesis we had in our first reading today. Andrei Rublev was a Russian monk who lived in the late 14th/early 15th c. His Icon shows the 3 Angels of Mamre sitting lovingly around a table. Because in the […]

15:e sönd. u.å. Årg. C

In this Year of Mercy it’s impossible not to comment on the Parable of the Good Samaritan: one of the great parables of mercy. This point of this parable is not in the first place the mercy we receive from God, but the mercy we ourselves have to show to our neighbour: any neighbour at […]

Kristi kropps och blods högtid 2016/The Feast of Corpus Christi

All four Gospels narrate the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 in the wilderness. Today we affirm our unhesitating faith that Jesus still feeds his hungry people in the wilderness of this life. Only in the Holy Eucharist the nourishment we receive is no ordinary bread, but something far more wonderful. Here Jesus gives […]

Kristi himmelsfärds dag 2016/The Ascension of the Lord

Yesterday morning at Vigils we heard a passage from a Sermon on the Ascension by Blessed John Henry Newman. “Christ’s going to the Father”, says Newman, “is at once a source of sorrow because it involves his absence, and of joy because it involves his presence. And out of the doctrine of his Resurrection and […]