Sunday 4th November 2012
I was trying to photograph the leaves blowing off the beech but mis-timed it.
It was a day of small failures, including leaving behind the sermon that I had written for St John's Church Otterburn. This could have been the stuff of nightmares; but knowing the congregation to be kind and forgiving, I simply did my best to remember what I had planned to say to them about the saints' role of helping us to come closer to God and about St John the Evangelist, their patron saint.
The writer of the fourth Gospel may well be the "beloved disciple" who sat close to Jesus at the Last Supper and who raced Peter to the empty tomb, looking properly at the abandoned grave clothes, understanding their significance (that Christ had risen from the dead) and with the eye of faith "he saw and believed". The Gospel is written "so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this faith you may have life by his name."
The Evangelist (St John?) wrote because he cares about you!