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My eyes have seen thy salvation

Reflection for 4rd Sunday of Lent John 9;1-42 This Sunday is the midpoint of Lent and the Gospel reading is the sixth of St John’s signs. A man who is born blind is healed by Jesus. This is not merely a miracle of messianic healing but a sign that all humanity from birth, is in …

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My soul gasps for thee as a thirsty land [Ps.143;6]

Reflection for 3rd Sunday of Lent John 4;5-42 and Revelation 7;17ff. Few of us will experience chronic physical thirst. We only see at times of earthquakes, wars and famines, our fellow human beings gasping for water in a way that was a common experience in earlier ages when water could be a rare commodity. The …

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Renew a Right Spirit Within Me

Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Lent John 3;1-17 and Matthew 15;21-28 March arrives and the beginning of a new spring. Blossom is about to appear with spring flowers and the sound of garden machinery. Yet last year was not easy with heat and lack of water, pests and diseases, but most gardeners, hoping for a …

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Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

Reflection for Lent Matthew 6;19–21 Lent is our opportunity to renew our lives, starting with an inner transformation, or in traditional language – our souls.Lent invites us to self examination, to see where our treasure really lies. Our Lord firmly teaches “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy …

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Reflection for Quinquagesima Sunday Luke 8;31-43 and Matthew 17;1-9 We sense today the sadness and uncertainty of many ordinary Christians who seem to be vaguely aware that their faith is marginalized and that almost everything is so human focused that a blindness exists about the deep Judeo/Christian tradition and collective wisdom upon which we once …

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“What is received depends upon the mode of the receiver.” Thomas Aquinas

Reflection for Sexagesima Sunday Luke 8;4-15 and Matthew 6;25-34 The pre-Lent season is a conditioning time for Christians. It is preparing hearts and understanding as Thomas Aquinas said: to receive the unique mind of Christ. This is exactly the purpose of the parable of the Sower given to the disciples by Christ, teaching that he …

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What will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Reflection for Septuagesima Sunday Matthew 20;1–6 and Matthew 5;13–20. This reflection was provoked by a message from my National Health Service. “Take care of your mental health with free therapy.” Mindfulness and mental health are a preoccupation today along with keeping exercised and eating the right food! Important as these are, it no longer recognises …

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The “Gesimas”

Blessed are those who thirst for righteousness Matthew 5;6 Reflections at the end of January The atmosphere of Christian worship changes from January to February. It begins with the feast of “Candlemas” or the Meeting of the holy family and the child Jesus with Simeon and Anna in the Temple is one of the most …

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Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity John 17;20-23 Does Christian Unity matter? It was William Temple, one of the more helpful Archbishop’s of Canterbury who said, “I believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and regret that it does not exist.” If the Christian faith is about wholeness, about breaking down barriers, about …

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My Soul Is Thirsty For God [Ps. 42; 2]

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord John 1;29-34 Psalm 42 speaks of a soul thirsting for God which may help our thinking as we journey with the themes of the Epiphany season. Very few people have ever experienced real thirst, but our ancestors certainly did not take water for granted. This year however, …

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