Fulfilled. Rachel Weeping for her Children.

There’s one part of Matthew’s infancy narrative that never seems to make the Christmas Cards or school plays. When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance […]

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Fulfilled. Out of Egypt I Called My Son.

We continue our exploration of Matthew’s use of the Old Testament in his infancy narrative as we turn to the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. In our previous piece we saw the Magi arrive to find the new-born King of the Jews. They are met by Herod the Great who wants to use […]

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Fulfilled. But you, Bethlehem.

Matthew’s second citation of Scripture in his infancy narrative comes early in chapter 2. Having shown us the promise surrounding the birth of Jesus he now shifts almost 2 years later and introduces us to some foreign visitors… After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the […]

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Fulfilled. Born of a Virgin.

It’s already December 27th and 2019 rushes towards a close. Maybe you’re also one of the many who attended church at Christmas and heard the Scriptures read, perhaps even from Matthew’s Gospel. They’re familiar words and we can often pass over them without too much sustained thought. In the run-up to Christmas, the season of […]

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Stille Nacht

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Alles schläft; einsam wacht Nur das traute hochheilige Paar. Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Hirten erst kundgemacht Durch der Engel Halleluja, Tönt es laut von fern und nah: Christ, der Retter ist da! Christ, der Retter ist da! Stille […]

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Archbishop of Sydney’s Christmas Message – Truth overcomes in a post-truth world

From SydneyAnglicans.net The Oxford English Dictionary has named ‘post-truth’ the international word of the year. This is not surprising given that the Brexit vote and US election were enmeshed in what is being called post-truth politics. Let’s face it – there is so much ‘post-truth’ around. The rise of social media has been fuelled by people who […]

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