Readings for Easter Sunday
Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10
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.
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Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9
Friday 24th March
The disciples dismissed the blind man (at least at first) as just an example of some rigid moral rule. As the story goes on it becomes clear that this is not a man to be dismissed, His response to Jesus is straightforward and insightful. His responses to the religious authorities who grill him is brave – not to say a touch impertinent. This man has met Jesus and had his whole life transformed and he is such a positive presence in this story: not some pious shadow, but wholly alive.
Thoughts and Prayer: Pray today for fullness of life: for yourself, for those close to you and for other people too: the capacity to live with joy and in the middle of life with all that it brings
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Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12
Saturday 11th March
In his Commission to his disciples, Jesus tells them to make disciples of all nations in the power of his name, and to baptise them. The baptism bit often gets overlooked. We are baptised once, and through it we enter The Church, The Body of Christ. It has meaning beyond the social occasions so often seen these days at baptism services as the reading from Matthew reminds us: we are baptised with the Holy Spirit and fire. This is not an occasion simply of cute welcome, but of being purified for God. And although we are baptised only once, we need to keep re-entering its reality over again. Come Holy Spirit in all your power.
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Friday 1 April
They were seen as foolish – the dead raised to life.
But the disciple’s move from fear to faithful – Easter was real.
Thurday 31 March
I was talking with a friend who is hearty and well. This is at the end of a sustained period of depression.
From small, scared and insignificant to self sustaining self aware and spiritually alive.
They remind me of some certain Easter disciples.
Thursday 28 January
Matthew 26: 17-35 was the reading at morning prayer the other day. We heard the account from the last supper when Jesus pointed out the one to betray him was the one who dipped the bread in the bowl. Then Judas name is mentioned and we all tend to nod and recognise the “bad ‘un”.
And then one of those moments of awareness.
The account goes on to tell of Jesus predicting the abandonment by all the disciples. Did not they all dip bread with him, weren’t all of them betrayers of trust?
We all look for the Judas without recognising our hand in the dish.
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Sunday 4th January 2015
Eleven Pipers Piping remind us of the eleven Faithful Apostles: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.
I remember being told that disciples are those who are “called” whilst apostles are those who are “sent”. You can see that in the story of Jesus, he called his followers then sent them out to others.
Look at yourself, if you are called to follow Jesus, you are also called to go out. Following Jesus means giving of yourself to others. Not in any great flourish or with trumpets announcing your arrival or the great deeds you may accomplish, but in service which was the Jesus way.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church