Author Archives: Rosalind Claire Hughes

It is not enough

It is not enough for him to die. It is not enough for him to offer up his pain, to offer us his wincing scars: touch my hand; my open, scored side; trace the welts and weals of the thorns … Continue reading

Posted in lectionary reflection, poetry, sermon preparation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Learning to pray

They didn’t tell us why … Continue reading

Posted in poetry, prayer | Leave a comment

Resurrection

In Jesus’ day, around one in five Jewish women bore the name of Mary, so it is not that much of a coincidence that the two women named returning to Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning share the same name. Continue reading

Posted in Holy Days, sermon | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Good Friday: his own people

At the beginning of the Gospel according to John, we read that, He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and … Continue reading

Posted in current events, Holy Days, homily, meditation, poetry, sermon | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Maundy Thursday: the mother of all mercy

What should Jesus have done about Judas? In a way, Thursday was the final chance. There is a pipeline from here to the tomb. Once Judas has left the table, Jesus knows that his fate is sealed. Yet earlier in … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Days, homily, poetry, sermon | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Holy Week

Seven days. Seven shades of suffering silence. Seven last words: thirst, famine, fever, finality, yet, too, there is forgiveness, family, a future spit from split lips, a dry tongue still willing to kiss the face of God

Posted in Holy Days, poetry, prayer | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Palms and passion

A sermon for Palm Sunday, 2017 Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an acclaimed theologian of the twentieth century. He became iconic after his martyrdom at the hands of Hitler’s Nazi government, shortly before the end of the second World War. According to … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Days, sermon | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment