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Tag Archive for ‘doubt’

Friday 10 May

Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 117; John 6:52-59 The way There can be no doubt. Jesus is emphatic. We eat his body, we drink his blood. We share in his life. This promise of eternal life. We close our eyes after communion in thanksgiving and praise. Despite our idiosyncrasies and those of our fellow-parishioners, we are united […]

Sunday 28 October

30th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 Asking for What We Desire Sometimes we’re told it’s better to suffer in silence than to make a fuss. But not always. Bartimaeus makes no secret of his distress at being blind – and he’s not about to miss the opportunity to […]

Saturday 19 August

Joshua 24:14-29; Psalm 16; Matthew 19:13-15 All you need is love! It is 50 years today since The Beatles topped the charts with their song, All You Need is Love. Naivety aside, there is a truth here that’s undeniable. We see it in every action of Jesus: his gentleness, his compassion, his healing touch. Even […]

Friday 30 June

Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22; Psalm 128; Matthew 8:1-4 Being in touch In those areas of our lives where we find temptation, doubt and shame, our loving Christ is reaching out to touch us where we have ‘lost touch.’

Thursday 9 March

Esther 4:17 (Esther’s prayer); Psalm 138; Matthew 7:7-12 God-botherers You will no doubt have heard people with religious beliefs referred to disparagingly as ‘God-botherers.’ Well, quite right, so we are! God likes us to bother him! And we do so because we know how much we depend on God for everything, unlike the non-believers who […]

Wednesday 1 June

Memorial of St Justin, Martyr 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12; Ps. 123; Mark 12:18-27 Live the Holy Spirit Paul reminds Timothy and us to fan into a flame the gift God has given us – the gift of the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of power, of love and of self-control. This is the Spirit of the […]

Tuesday 10 November

St Leo the Great Ps 34; Wisdom 2:23-3:9; Luke 17:7-10 Self sacrifice The servant who had finished a hard day’s labour, rather than rest, was ordered to prepare a meal for the master. It seems unfair on the servant who no doubt is hungry. But the faithful servant does what the master requests. Are there […]

Friday 21 August

ST PIUS X, POPE Ruth 1:1,3-6,14-16,22; Ps 146; Matthew 22:34-40 Love God and your neighbour There’s no doubt – sometimes it’s difficult to feel any neighbourly charity. Loud parties, rubbish that doesn’t get disposed of, cheeky children, bossy know-alls, the borrowers that never return … It can be convenient to assume Jesus wasn’t talking about […]

Friday 3 July

St Thomas, Apostle Ephesians 2: 19-22, Psalm 117, John 20:24-29 My Lord and my God Much has been made of “doubting Thomas.” He was the apostle who could not believe stories about the risen Jesus: he had to see the evidence for himself. Once, I saw this as weakness because I’d been taught that doubt […]

Tuesday 3 February

Hebrews 12:1-4; Psalm: 22; Mark 5:21-43 Example of Christ Our focus must be firmly on Christ who brings our faith to its perfection. In moments of doubt and weakness we are to take courage, remembering the example of Christ. He was innocent but endured the cross showing us how we must stand defiant against all […]