Archbishop Steven visited Oxford in May for a church dedication service with Reverend Christopher Hughes. While in Oxford Archbishop Steven met with a couple of enthusiastic, intelligent, students! He said, ‘It was a joy to engage with students who recognise the impact of theology into our worldview.’
He was given a tour around Keble College Chapel followed by Wycliffe College.
‘A couple of years ago I encouraged a young man to study theology so I was so delighted today as he showed us around Wycliffe College where he is now a full-time student!’.
Keble College Chapel owns the original of William Holman Hunt’s painting The Light of the World, which is hung in the side chapel (accessed through the chapel). The picture was completed in 1853 after eight years of work, and originally hung in the Royal Academy. It was then given as a gift to the college.
We also saw the cross in the road at Broad St which marks the site of the martyrdom. It’s a reminder that sometimes you’ve got to stand for what you believe in, fight the good fight of faith, and make a decision that something is right and you will make a stand. Latimer said, ‘Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England as shall never be put out’.
At Wycliffe College Chapel the light was shining in and created an interesting reflection on the photograph. What interesting reflection is the light of the Gospel making into your life? There are hidden keys waiting to be found by the children of light. They are hidden for you not from you. Can you see them?