Category: NCC UK

Eat, Drink and Be Merry?

Reflection for the 23rd Sunday after Trinity and the 3rd Sunday before Advent Matthew 25,1-13 The story of the wise and the foolish virgins that Jesus tells in today’s Gospel, looked at objectively, is a strange bitter-sweet mixture. What could be nicer than a wedding, we ask ourselves, particularly if we don’t have to pay …

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Bodies and souls

Reflection for the 22nd Sunday after Trinity Matthew 5,1-12 In the past, when Charities wanted to encourage people to give them money to feed, clothe and shelter the destitute, they often used the expression ‘to keep body and soul together’. It was another way of saying ‘keep them alive’ – because when people lack these …

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The Law of Love

Reflection for the 21st Sunday after Trinity Matthew 22,34-40 Jesus was asked to name the greatest of the commandments and he responded by naming two, both found in the Old Testament. Jesus brought them together and made them of equal importance: love of God and love of neighbour. However often we hear the words of …

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Paying Caesar, paying God?

Reflection for the 20th Sunday after Trinity Matthew 22,15-22 Previously, Jesus criticised the Pharisees in the parables of the tenants and the wedding feast. Today’s Gospel reading is the first of four disputes between Jesus and the religious leaders of the day. The Pharisees conspired to trap Jesus through cunning argument and so posed the …

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A Gracious Invitation

Reflection for the 19th Sunday after Trinity Matthew 22,1-14 The king sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come (Matthew 22,1). “I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.” So runs the line in a dozen gangster movies – …

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Make me a pure heart, O Lord

Reflection for the 18th Sunday after Trinity Matthew 21,33-43 The parable of the tenant farmers has a crystal clear message and the religious leaders to whom Jesus directed this parable had no problem seeing that he was aiming at them. Much of Matthew’s Gospel is critical of religious leaders because these are the people who …

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The Two Sons

Reflection for the 17th Sunday after Trinity Matthew 21,28-32 The parable of the two sons in today’s Gospel reading was addressed to the chief priests and elders of the people. Its purpose is to defend Jesus’ invitation to sinners and outcasts to the Kingdom, in the face of the sneers of the religious establishment.  Of course, …

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“It’s not fair!”

Reflection for the 16th Sunday after Trinity Matthew 20,1-16 “It’s not fair!” How often one has heard that complaint from children of all ages? Matthew tells us that the discontented labourers in the vineyard complained because the Owner paid all of them the same amount, regardless of whether they had worked one or ten hours. …

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Forgiveness

Reflection for the 15th Sunday after Trinity Matthew 18,21-35 Today’s Gospel reading speaks to us about the need to offer forgiveness, to our brother or neighbour who has caused offence. In our experience, it is not easy to forgive the person who offends because rancour, bitterness, and grief burn within our hearts. Indeed, people say “I …

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Discipline in the Church

Reflection for the 14th Sunday after Trinity Matthew 18,15-20 Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone” (Matthew 18,15). It is a grievous matter when human families fall apart, and it should be treated equally seriously if Christians fall …

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