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The Big Question

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Twelfth Sunday of the Year. Fr Robert Verrill argues that the most important question we ever ask is the one asked by Jesus in today's Gospel: 'Who do you say that I am?' Read more

Cutting Out the Cause of Sin

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year. Fr Robert Verrill prompts us to examine our own hearts and to seek transformation, in order to let Christ enter our lives. Read more

What Are You Going To Watch?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

First Sunday of Advent. Fr Robert Verrill tells us why Jesus's death on the Cross is a little like television.

Jesus takes watching very seriously. In today's short Gospel reading, Jesus tells us four times to watch – he's really hammering it home.

Nowadays if you talk about watching, probably one of the first things that comes to mind is watching TV. In the TV series the Simpsons, Homer Simpson represents the archetypal TV watcher; his daughter Lisa invariably represents the voice of sanity. In one episode, Lisa tells her father 'It's not our fault our generation has short attentions spans. We watch an appalling amount of TV.' Homer replies angrily 'Don't you ever, EVER talk that way about television.'

Watching lots of TV changes us. Whether you love it or hate it, television has had a massive impact on modern society. Of the many ways television affects us, one particular way is its ability to keep us awake. It's generally considered to be a bad idea to watch TV in bed. On the other hand, a person who has a job such as keeping watch over a desolate reception area during the night might be allowed to watch TV to help to stay awake.

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