Bishop Stephen’s Good Friday Homily for St John’s Passion

Posted: 18 April 2017

Two bowls of water and two charcoal fires, referred to in St John's gospel, speak to us today, Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said.

One bowl of water was used by Jesus to wash the disciples' feet. The other was used by Pilate to wash his hands of Jesus.

Beside a first charcoal fire Peter swears he has never even met Jesus. But it is around a second charcoal fire that the risen Christ eats breakfast with his disciples and asks Peter if he loves him.

In his Homily for St John's Passion on Good Friday at St Mary's Church in Maldon, the Bishop asked: "Will we stand before Christ, and like the great chorus that opens the St John Passion call him Lord and Master?" 

Read Bishop Stephen's Homily in full.

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