Category Archives: Reflection

A Clue

Readings for Easter Sunday

Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10

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Thursday 20 April

It was all very well for Peter and the other disciples. They lived in a world where most  people believed in God and were happy to talk about religion. Today most people haven’t got a clue about who Jesus was or what he is supposed to have done. Where do we even start? Well, we all have a story to tell and experiences to share – about what we did at the weekend or what we have been reading lately. Peter says that God “has commanded us to preach to the people” – we may not be so sure about that but can we not find ways to talk to others about what our faith means to us and could mean to them?

Question: In a world where people are reluctant to listen to experts and are suspicious of authority, how can we play our part to help  others discover what we have found in Jesus Christ?

 Prayer: Lord, help me to share with someone today a little of who you are and what you have done for me.

 

Keep Faith

Readings for Easter Sunday

Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10

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Tuesday 18 April

Where were Peter and James and John on that first Easter Day? Why was it Mary and Mary Magdalene were the only ones to go to the tomb? Were the men too afraid or were the women more faithful? Either way the Marys are an example to us. They went to pay their respects, to mourn and to grieve – and  instead they met with Jesus himself. They didn’t know what they were doing but they kept faith and God honoured their   faithfulness by making them the first to meet with the risen Lord.  Sometimes when things are dark, just keeping on keeping on is hard, but simple faithfulness will be rewarded with the dawning of a new day – and keeping going is always easier with a friend beside you.

 Question: How do you cope with times in your life when things seem dark and you can’t make sense of what is going on?

 Prayer: Lord, when times are hard and the day seems dark, give me a friend to walk beside me and the courage to know you will be there to meet us.

 

God’s Forgiveness

Holy Week

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Friday 14 April

An end! All the passion, all the love, all the incarnate love so vast. Done   to death by those who should have recognised Him simply by what he did. As you mark this Good Friday, the solemn waste of Jesus, Emmanuel and incarnate, recognise that very act that has become for you a part of God’s plan to nurture and save your very soul. Such potential spoiled by nails and thorns and beating rods and spear. Here is the heart of God’s forgiveness!

Question: What do I bring, in the silence of the very moment I read this question, what do I bring that the forgiveness of the cross can heal? Dare I leave it to die with Jesus on that cross?

 Prayer: As I listen to my own breath, help me to realise that Jesus died, His breathing ceased. His life was snuffed out by a desiring humanity who saw not God embodied in Jesus Christ. I pray for all who share Christ’s dying today, may they rest in peace.

 

Betrayal Road

Holy Week

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Thursday 13 April

This night in His Holy Week, Jesus walked the betrayal road. Abandoned he faced hatred and vile physical and mental cruelty. Who spoke for him?   Any who would raise their voice were shouted down and so Jesus was   condemned. There are situations in this present age when people stand alone, without voice.

Question: What part do I play in Jesus’ betrayal in the last weeks and months, as I watch someone condemned what is my role of silence?

 Prayer: Lord give me courage to stand by you, by standing by someone who is in need because of vile cruelty. ‘Whoever offers one of these little one even a cup of water…!’

 

Remembrance.

Holy Week

39Wednesday 12 April

The incarnation is not just for Christmas!   Jesus tells his disciples to remember his presence, his words actions and his very love each time we eat a meal in His name. In church that means bread and wine, but at home or with a friend is a time to look across a table and know that  Jesus did the same, the night before he was betrayed. In his life, his real life, he ate and shared and told us to do likewise.

Question: Across a table, over a meal, what is it you do that was the                                       same for Jesus. He said ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’

Where will you take that thought today?

Prayer: Teach me to repeat your actions as I eat and as I share your life with others, help me to pray in the ordinary actions of this day and all in remembrance of your incarnate life. Amen

 

 

Wash Me!?

Holy Week

Tuesday 11 April

A washing of his friends’ feet, as if they were more  important than He. On one hand menial and on the other it shows Jesus incarnation. He was38hed and dried and showed how we should be with one another, regardless of status or rank. Peter’s false modesty and great expectation of Jesus indicates something of our human frailty as we shy away from God’s gaze and yet desire encounters of his love and grace.

Question: Where will I seek opportunity to ‘wash’ someone else today?

 Prayer: Lord, place in my way today someone in need, give me the   opportunity to commit a random act of kindness. Amen

 

 

A Great Theological Question

Readings for Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 and Matthew 27:11-54

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Saturday 8th April

There is a great theological question: in the Philippians reading we are told that Jesus emptied himself. What did he empty himself of? If he emptied himself of his divinity, then Jesus would simply be human and not God – that can’t be right. Yet the one who is King of Kings comes to serve, the Son of God is hung on a cross. There is nothing inflated or egotistic about Jesus’ glory, it is, if you like, an empty glory that simply is. In his emptiness, Jesus is exalted above all so that every knee shall bend before him. Let us enter into Christ’s glory, not by puffing ourselves up, but by kneeling, empty, at the foot of the cross.