Monday 10 April
That feeling of emptiness, that dropping sensation in the pit of your stomach, when everything suddenly changes and what you felt was supremely positive and enlivening is overtaken by gloom and despondency. Jesus entered into Jerusalem and was hailed as a victorious king/messiah. How it must have pained him that everything was about to be reversed. Yet His face was set, Jesus knew what the highs and the lows of the next few days.
Question: What are your ‘highs’, what are your ‘lows’ at the moment?
Prayer: Lord, in this holiest of weeks help me to realise my life as I reflect on your last days. How do I mark my ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ against yours? Amen
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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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