Second Week of Advent

Come to me, all you that are weary [bible / reflection]

Feria, Ember Day (Peace) Matthew 11.28-end Often when today’s Gospel passage is read, I get grumpy with Jesus. I don’t quite call him a liar in my prayers, but close. ‘Really, Jesus? It doesn’t feel easy or light to follow you, lots of the time. It doesn’t feel peaceful.’ I get quite whingey, and I …

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Peace in a Time of Uncertainty – A Journey [meditation]

This is the second of four meditative and artistic journeys, written and created by Petra Shakeshaft. We invite you to settle in, and see where she takes you on this beautiful journey of Peace in Advent. We return to Petra’s journey as we move through the weeks of Advent. You can download her original pdf …

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‘We have seen strange things today’ [bible/reflection]

Today’s scripture. Luke 5:17-26 Some thoughts on today’s scripture Jesus is the newly arrived kingdom, personified in his very self. Not only does he have the power to cure the paralysed man, he also lays claim to forgive the man’s sins – and this requires nothing less than God’s own power. “We have seen strange …

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“I have inscribed you” [bible/meditation]

Prince of Peace “Strange peace maker,” the doubters say“He’s helpless, sound asleep in hay.Strange Prince of Peace without a throneNo title or treasure and far from home.” “Strange Lord and King,” the doubters say;“No robes, no be-jewelled signet ring,Without a crown, not lifted up,No feasting place or golden cup.” “His peace will reign,” my faith …

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The Beginning of the Good News [bible/reflection]

‘The beginning of the good news’ Today’s scripture: Mark 1:1-8 Some thoughts on today’s scripture: Mark begins his Gospel with his introduction of John the Baptist— but, before Mark tells us that this is “the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” It’s news that is, above all things, good. …

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