‘Jacob said: 'I will not let you go, unless you bless me.'
…then [he] asked him, 'Please tell me your name?'
But [the man] said, 'Why is it that you ask my name?'
And there he blessed him.’
Gen 32.26, 29
The Christian story is unique because it is just that – a story. It is narrative, script, folktale; history, poetry and song, wisdom, apocalyptic visions, and law; it is instruction, admonishment, consolation, letters to friends, memoirs for a distant people…
A sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at a service to mark the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero in Westminster Abbey on Sunday March 28, 2010.
The Archbishop in the pulpit © Westminster Abbey
Sentir con la Iglesia: 'feeling with the Church'. This was Oscar Romero's motto as a bishop – you'll see it in many photographs inscribed on the episcopal mitre he wore. It is in fact an ancient phrase, very often used to express the ideal state of mind for a loyal Catholic Christian; indeed, it's usually been translated as 'thinking with the Church'. It can be used and has been used simply to mean having the same sentiments as the Church's teaching authority.
Fourth Sunday in Lent and Mothering Sunday
1 Samuel 1: 20-28 Colossians 3: 12-17 Luke 2: 33-35
If you have recently tried to make a train journey on a Sunday, you will know that the British Rail timetable can be rather complicated.