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Thursday 23 January(0)

January 23, 2020

1 Samuel 18:6-9, 19:1-7; Psalm 56:2-3, 9-14; Mark 3:7-12

The crushers

I once had the joy of going to an opera in the Caracalla Baths, Rome. Crowds waited outside for the gates to open. Then the people surged forward; I was afraid of being carried off my feet.… More

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Wednesday 22 January

1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10; Mark 3:1-6

Catch him out

The atmosphere in the synagogue is tense; a man with a disabled hand, some Pharisees and Jesus. Jesus initiates the confrontation and is both grieved and angry at the refusal to answer his question.… More

Tuesday 21 January

St Agnes (M)

1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 89:20-22, 27-28; Mark 2:23-28

Rich in mercy

Again a question: why do something on the Sabbath that is forbidden? Both travelling and gleaning – even plucking ears of corn to make a path - were considered ‘work’ and forbidden on the day of rest.… More

Monday 20 January

1 Samuel 15:16-23; Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23; Mark 2:18-22


In today’s first reading the prophet Samuel asks King Saul why he did not obey the Lord, doing what displeased God. Then in the gospel Jesus is asked why his disciples do not fast like disciples of John or the Pharisees.… More

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