Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9
Thursday 23rd March
As the week moves on, let us turn our attention to the gospel reading and today we will think about the blind man. He has always been blind and he has to beg to make a living.
The disciples notice him, not because they feel sorry for him but because he provokes a debating point: they want to know who to blame for the blindness: the man himself or his parents. the disciples prefer a moral universe where bad things only happen to people who deserve them.
Jesus will have none of this. Neither the man nor his parents sinned. This is a situation in which God is at work and through which something of God’s glory will be seen.
Thoughts and Prayer: Reflect on your own life: the highs and the lows, your strengths and your weaknesses. None of this prevents God working in you and through you. So in prayer bring your life to God.
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Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42
Thursday 16th March
As the week turns we turn towards Sunday’s Gospel – the story of the woman at the well – and we meet Jesus the rule breaker. After 2000 years of Christianity – of what you might call ‘organised religion’ – it can be easy in the every day to forget that the Jesus we follow is not a man of the well-worn and familiar. He is a man who strikes out on new paths – because he comes to fulfil the spirit of the law, not its letter. Jesus is all about living out the real meaning of God’s presence and intention in our creation. Our human nature is to seek pattern, familiarity, security – and we can become so tied to this that we forget. We forget that God created us to transcend these bonds – and sent Jesus to show us just how to do that. I wonder who we might speak to this week that people in our community might not expect us, Christians, to talk to? What dividing lines might we have the courage to cross, confident in God’s call to share the truth of His love?
Question: Who are the people you think you shouldn’t speak to or mix with in your community or the world around you?
Prayer: Rule breaking God, break down in me all that is unwilling to serve your way of love. Give me courage to serve your Son, my Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Friday 25 November
Jesus’ words at the end of this Sunday’s Gospel are a call to vigilance. Why? The Sunday prayer tells it plainly: “when he shall come …. we may rise to the life immortal.”
Once more the theme of preparation for a superb hope is placed before us.
Vigilance is this awareness of Jesus – His birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection – and placing that awareness into a state where it effects our actions and relationships.
Make today one in which something you know of God helps you react or interact. Vigilance of God meaning we are vigilant for God in other.
Lord Jesus, make my vigilance for the freedom you offer spill over into the things that I do and for the people I meet today. May my awareness of your grace lead me in my present vigilance for and with you. Amen
Saturday 16 January
Dismantling the conversation of a funeral visit with a colleague, it became apparent how such conversations can be ‘Epiphanies’ in their own right.
Only when we are authentic with people. When we listen and comprehend their own spirituality and position in the moment, be it grief or celebration. When we honour where they are and reflect for them, will they begin to hear the gospel message we proclaim.
There is no point in shouting at the deaf, if we are the cause of their hearing loss!
Wednesday 30 December
A reading for today was an abridges account of Anna recognising Jesus in the temple.
Anna praises God and tells everyone she meets something about the wonder of the visitation. She had spent her time in the temple day and night fasting and praying; but after touching Jesus her actions changes to proclamation.
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In this season of Epiphany some of the lectionary readings are not obvious of ‘showing’ or ‘revealing’ Jesus in a different light. Below is the text for the next batch of reflections.
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man