Summer rest

SUMMER REST By Tina Sibbald School is out; many book vacation time this month, and we enter a mindset very different from the fall, or the Christmas and Easter seasons. Life slows down for a little while, and we rest. Even the Gospel this week

Sixth Sunday of Easter

LOST IN TRANSLATION By Tina Sibbald “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you.” Have you ever been online and, on viewing comments or content in a language you don’t know, use a

Third Sunday of Lent

LESSONS FROM THE WELL By Tina Sibbald The imagery of water, and of thirst, as it relates to our relationship with God, is powerful. Of course, no one understood that better than Jesus, as he used it to invite the Samaritan woman to find her way

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

UNITE AND CONQUER By Tina Sibbald In 1 Corinthians, Paul appeals to the people to be in agreement and not allow divisions among themselves. At first glance, one might think he is advocating for an opinion-free body, devoid of free will. But when one thinks about

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

TOUGH LOVE By Tina Sibbald There is some thorny stuff in this week’s readings. Actually there have been themes over the past several weeks, which when woven together have resulted, for me, in a season of intense self-examination and seeking God. There is much here to

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GALATIAN HOUSE OF POUTINE By Tina Sibbald Sometimes a lesson is difficult to learn, until it suddenly isn’t. Has your Doctor ever advised you to lose weight, or adjust your diet for health reasons? If you are anything like me, being told you couldn’t have

The Ascension of the Lord

BE STILL By Tina Sibbald Have you ever lost someone important to you, and wished that you had one more chance at a final exchange – something you need to tell that person, or need to know; a proper farewell and closure which brings peace? Accounts of

Fifth Sunday in Lent

IN THE DEEP END OF THE POOL By Tina Sibbald Someone famous does something wrong, and suddenly everyone is throwing around the line “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. I’m bemused when people cherry pick Bible verses to be used for their

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE MERCY OF ACCEPTANCE By Tina Sibbald Rejection, according to Psychology today, manifests itself in one’s mind, body and spirit in profound and crushing ways. Chances are the pain is physical if you stop and think about the last time you faced rejection. In our hunter/gatherer

Second Week of Advent

TIMELESS FASHION By Tina Sibbald For the first time in many years, I’m not dreading this season. But then, for the first time in years, my focus has changed. In reading the scriptures for the second Sunday of Advent, I found myself getting caught up in