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For St Marks Church District Six, Cape Town on Good Shepherd Sunday.

An Audio of The reflection on Psalm 23 the words of which you will find at https://wp.me/p51XOn-ay

Byzantium Jesus the Good Shepherd on Left, Orthodox Icon of Jesus the Good Shepherd on Right.

Audio of Address to St Mark’s District 6 Cape Town

The Ruins of District Six Exposed

Daphne, my wife came home from shopping in the Garden centre recently and told me that on her way home through District Six she saw that the top soil of the fields had been removed exposing some of the ruins of inside walls of the old houses, and that I should take a look. The Apartheid Government in 1966 declared District Six a “whites only” area under the Group Areas Act of 1950. The area was eventually totally bulldozed and became a shameful scar on the landscape. New businesses refused to move into the area, and those who attempted to …

Amazing Women

The Amazing women in my life This is Women’s Month, when in South Africa we are questioning why there is so much violence committed against women and children. The incidence of violent crimes, sexual and verbal abuse committed against women, is horrendous. This set me thinking of the amazing women in my family life and within my circle of friends. My mother and her sisters were orphaned in their teens and were sent from Kimberley to a Salvation Army home in Woodstock, Cape Town. She was very proud of the contribution the Salvation Army made to her life. One of …

Song of Songs

A Reflection on the Song of Songs I want to reflect this evening on this passage from the Song of Songs, which I find so beautiful and sensuous in its language – celebrating young love.The voice is that of a woman anticipating the arrival of her lover, who is leaping and bounding over the mountains and hills in his haste to reach her. He is a deer, a stag – he is at the window peering in. There is such a spirit of vitality and sexuality in the passage, and with their intimacy and connection Spring comes and the fields …

The Mustard seed Reflection II

The Mustard SeedOne of my favourite images of the Kingdom of God and the church is the mustard seed, the tiniest of seeds. This tiny seed is hidden in the mystery of the dark earth. It grows slowly and progressively over many years until it becomes a huge tree. See the birds come and build their nests in its branches;the creatures of the field, buck and deer, sheep and cows come and nestle in its shade;and people come too to gather the fruit of the trees and from other treesand they go home.Home is a place of herbs and culinary …

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