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Dear friends,

 

Greetings again for Eastertide. I’m using the email to  advertise two forthcoming events: the Ecumenical Bible Week and the Scripture Summer School.

 

The Ecumenical Bible Week (www.bibleweek.ie)

This takes place as usual from Pentecost to Trinity Sunday. There’s a wide variety in the programme this year, including a symposium on the Reformation (www.bibleweek.ie/symposium-2017/) and the usual Thinking Allowed (www.bibleweek.ie/thinking-allowed-2017/). It would be good to book for the symposium.

 

Scripture Summer School (http://www.tarsus.ie/page-15/)

This year the focus will on the Eucharist in Biblical Perspective. Booking is really important and you can find all the details on the web page above.

 

The Readings

Luke 24:13-35 is a profound passage in Luke’s Gospel. The centre of the story is “slowness of hearts”, i.e. hesitation or delay when it comes to full Easter faith — not unknown in our day! However, it may well be that the key moments in “how” of Easter faith lie elsewhere. I’m thinking of the moment when Jesus stops the disciples (“they stood still, looking sad”) and the later moment when the disciples stop Jesus (“Stay with us, Lord”). The desire, the choice, to have this Jesus in your life is the irreplaceable personal moment which opens us up to full Resurrection faith.

 

The audio of the Gospel notes

Click here: https://soundcloud.com/user-679942596/a17easter3.

 

A poem by Archbishop Rowan Williams

 

First the sun, then the shadow,

so that I screw my eyes to see

my friend’s face, and its lines seem

different, and the voice shakes in the hot air.

Out of the rising white dust, feet

tread a shape, and, out of step,

another flat sound, stamped between voice

and ears, dancing in the gaps, and dodging

where words and feet do not fall.

 

When our eyes meet, I see bewilderment

(like mine); we cannot learn

this rhythm we are asked to walk,

and what we hear is not each other.

Between us is filled up, the silence

is filled up, lines of our hands

and faces pushed into shape

by the solid stranger, and the static

breaks up our waves like dropped stones.

 

So it is necessary to carry him with us,

cupped between hands and profiles,

so that the table is filled up, and as

the food is set and the first wine splashes,

a solid thumb and finger tear the thunderous

grey bread. Now it is cold, even indoors;

and the light falls sharply on our bones;

the rain breathes out hard, dust blackens,

and our released voices shine with water.

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Kieran O’Mahony, OSA

Biblical Resources

Dr Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA Biblical Studies Coordinator Holy Cross Diocesan Centre Clonliffe Road Dublin D03 P2E7 M: 086 3390247 E: komahony1@icloud.com W: www.tarsus.ie