The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
Last week in the US Open tennis championship, the Australian Nick Kyrgios, at that point a set and 0-3 down, let a couple of serves pass him without attempting to play them. The hugely experienced and respected umpire Mohamed Lahyani, wondering whether the player was having a physical spasm or a mental meltdown, got down from his chair and said to him, ‘You’re great for tennis. But this isn’t good. It’s not you.’
When I was at an American university, each year the head of undergraduate studies would give the same address to the entering class: ‘find your passion.’ It gave the impression the faculty offered a beauty parade and the students surveyed the catwalk and eventually decided – ‘That’s the one for me.’
The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
Anger is back in fashion. The Trump supporters are angry. The Trump opponents are angry. The Brexiteers are constantly angry: angry with Europe, angry with Remainers, angry with mild Brexiteers, angry with each other. The Remainers are angry that more people don’t seem to be angry enough about it all.
The Tenth Sunday after Trinity
The story of David and Bathsheba comes at a crossroads moment in the Old Testament. Before this story come the calling of Abraham, the descent of Israel into Egypt under Joseph and its dramatic escape under Moses, the 40 years in the wilderness, the entry into the Promised Land under Joshua, the era of the judges, the anointing of King Saul and the zenith of Israel’s favour under David