Order from Chaos

Today was spent in company with the Bishop of Jarrow, Mark Bryant, who opened the morning with an hour’s lecture on the support network for priests, on the importance of baptism services, and how a disciplined spiritual life can contain but does not require walking in right-angles (chuckle).

In his sermon at the Eucharist Jarrow spoke of how Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25, Matthew 8:23-27) runs parallel to God calming the waters in Genesis, creating order from chaos (Genesis 1).

It was strange how as we all began to finish lunch we realised just how strange it seemed to feel to be faced with the prospect of returning to “normal” life. It seemed like we were meant to stay, or at least wanted to stay. The conference held a lovely sense of having in common ever so much with one another. Nice as I remarked upon arriving to not have to open every new conversation with the awkward “ice-maker” of “I want to be a priest”…

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