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Looking Forward

Readings for Palm Sunday

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

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 Monday 3rd April

It is still a long way to Good Friday but one of the prayers for next Sunday is significant.

Prayer: True and humble king, hailed by the crowd as Messiah: grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found   beside you on the way of the cross, which is the path of glory.

Jesus turns his face to his future and it was not the prettiest prospect. Yet the fulfilment of his life was the cross.

Question: Wonder at the way in which Jesus walked towards his end.  Would our promise be to stay with him?

 

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Lament

Friday 4th December

Lament – a Christian trait shunned by the modern world. The gut wrenching sadness,a hair breathe away from dispair. When in God’s presence all debate and voting is complete, arguments stated and logic laid out clearly and we realise death will be an agenda item in people’s lives. 

Lament because of failure to honour the image of God. Yes,  we may smile in the mirror and see His image, yet in a place far away, a face will be stilled as life is destroyed in them. Let us lament.

An Islamic tenant is the if you kill one person then the whole of humanity is wounded, indeed killed.

We need to lament and be changed by the shame that must grow out of such separation from the creator.