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Reading Isaiah with love [biblical/reflection]

As we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, the Church turns for a moment to joy in what is traditionally a penitential season. Despite the challenges and loss of this year, we feel joy because the saviour is drawing near. The words of Isaiah resonate with nostalgia, connecting us to advents past; to …

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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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Hope: Mission Impossible? [bible/reflection]

2020 sadly saw the loss of two giants of British Cinema. Firstly, Diana Rigg, star of the Avengers television show, where she played the cat-suited agent Emma Peel, and then Sean Connery, famous for his portrayal of James Bond. Both personified the suave 1960s spy image, with daring stories of espionage, and today I want …

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Stars falling from heaven [bible/reflection]

First Sunday of Advent: Mark 13.24-27 In The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis, once the apocalypse is underway, the stars are called home. The visiting earth-children watch it happen: the sky grows dark, streaks of light criss-cross the sky, but then instead of fiery orbs, glowing humanoid figures assemble. There’s a sense of relief …

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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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Lady Wisdom, O Sapienta [bible/tradition/reflection]

Link >> Ecclesiasticus 24.1-9 In the additional Eucharistic lectionary readings for today, we are given a beautiful passage from the Wisdom of Solomon, a book of the Apocrypha in which God’s wisdom is personified, as she is elsewhere in the Biblical wisdom literature, as a woman, divine and royal, sought after and desired by all …

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

This is the first 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 Hope in Advent. We return to Petra’s journey as we move through the weeks. You can download her original pdf at the …

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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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