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Willingly

Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42

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Wednesday 15th March

So beset by our quarrels, our worst brought out of us by our fears, and wondering where we are on our journey, this Sunday St Paul delivers the tonic we need. Bringing us back from wallowing in what is wrong – with the world, with our little corner of it or with ourselves – we are reminded of what we need. What we need is hope – and hope whose foundations lay not in our own navigational skills for the journey, and not in our own ability to rise unaided above our human condition. Hope based on the sacrifice of Jesus. We stand in grace.

We hope not in spite of the difficulties and struggles of being human, but we hope through our struggles because of the love which God has poured into our hearts.

We did not earn the sacrifice which Christ willingly made for us – but still he made it. We didn’t even repent first. God did not blackmail or cajole us into our salvation. While we were still sinners, God gave everything, willingly and without reservation, for love of us.

Question: When we see ourselves in this light, see our value to the God of all creation, how will we respond?

 Prayer: Loving God, help me to see my value as you see it today. Give me hope in my struggles, and help me to follow you. Amen.

 

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Second Sunday of Advent 

Sunday 6th December 

The second Sunday in the season of Advent traditionally focussed upon the proclaimation of the prophets. The seers of old looked forward to God’s kingdom.

In our day I feel we should be seers by asking ourselves, ‘What would Jesus do?’

So this week maybe our thoughts should still be Jesus is coming how do we response? But also, what do we present prayerfully, how do we look prophetically at the world in our conversations with God?
  

To The Wonder

A view down the Aire Valley that unexpectedly takes the breath away.

Low mist lying over the hills, the sun a blazing sphere of gold on the horizon. I can feel the muscles at the back of my eyes contracting as the rays of light reach out across the depths of the universe.

A timely reminder of the beauty, wonder and mystery of God’s world.