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Our Gentle Invitation

When we are invited into the gentle and humble embrace of Jesus, life doesn’t necessarily change, but our burdens are shared. We are not alone. Jesus walks beside us and our prayers are heard. And with our faith, we become aware of invisible strings of support. Jesus’ yoke really is hitched to ours, and our […]

Wednesday 9 January

1 John 4:11-18; Psalm 71 (72):1-2, 10-13; Mark 6:45-52 Fear How often do we come across the words: ‘Do not be afraid’? Fear is not a sin but it certainly distracts us from loving service. We can be so concerned about our safety or comfort or wellbeing that we do not remember our mission to […]

Friday 16 February

Isaiah 58:1-9; Psalm 51; Matthew 9:14-15 True fasting Jesus the bridegroom is always with us so our fasting is not one of mourning, of gloomy looks and of hanging the head like a drooping reed. No, since Christ the bridegroom is with us, our fasting does not look like fasting at all! Our fasting is […]

Wednesday 13 December

Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 103; Matthew 11:28-30 Carrying burdens We all know what it is like to have something heavy taken from us and carried by another. We feel relieved and even privileged that someone has done this for us. Jesus says in the Gospel today that he wants to carry our burdens. We should not […]

Tuesday 5 December

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72; Luke 10:21-24 Be childlike Despite the cold and bleakness of winter, new life always breaks through, seen in green leaves and flowers breaking into bloom. Our faith also allows us to see that, no matter what burdens us, the new life of Christ always dwells in us through baptism. He is […]

Come to me, all who labour…

“Come to me …” Jesus says: “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The Lord does not reserve this phrase for some of His friends, no, he addresses all ‘those that are tired and oppressed by life. And who can feel excluded from this […]

Wednesday 7 December

St Ambrose Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 103; Matthew 11:28-30 Come Jesus exclaimed, ‘Come to me…and I will give you rest.’ What a wonderful invitation! Imagine Jesus saying these words to you today. He looks at you with love and says, ‘Come to me.’ His invitation touches something deep within you. There is something more Jesus wants […]

Wednesday 25 November

Cant. Daniel 3:62-67; Daniel 5:1-6,13-14,16-17,23-28; Luke 21:12-19 Blessed are the persecuted Jesus speaks of the sufferings that his followers will have to endure. There have been numerous martyrs; even today those spreading Christ’s message are abused, suffer hardships, imprisonment and death. Because of our beliefs we may be abused and ridiculed. Jesus does not delude […]

Monday 26 October

Romans 8:12-17, Ps 68, Luke 13:10-17 Standing upright “The woman was bent double for eighteen years and quite unable to stand upright. ‘Woman you are rid of your infirmity,’ and Jesus laid his hands on her. At once she straightened up and she glorified God.” Imagine yourself in the presence of Jesus. He knows and […]

Friday 26 June

Genesis 17:1,9-10,15-22, Ps 128, Matthew 8:1-4 Jesus, the healer We all need healing in some way. No matter if we are young or old, rich or poor, we all suffer some form of sickness or brokenness. It is the nature of this fallen world that we share in these burdens. They can be of the […]