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Tag Archive for ‘grace’

When Frailty Hits Home

We do enjoy our own and each other’s high achievements. In sport, artistic endeavours, economic benchmarks, scientific breakthroughs, newly-married love all provide us with delight, awe and wonder, and give us a sense that all is right with the world. We’d love to think that these times of achievement and joy are available to everyone. […]

The Annunciation and Us

In his General Audience of 23 October 2013, Pope Francis said, At the Annunciation, the Messenger of God calls Mary ‘full of grace’ and reveals his plan to her. Mary answers ‘yes’, and from that moment Mary’s faith receives new light: it is concentrated on Jesus, the Son of God, who took flesh from her […]

What’s This Stuff Called Grace?

    Grace is offered to us by God – it is the help offered with which we are meant to co-operate to ensure our salvation. God has not given all of us an equal share of grace – in fact the grace of God manifests itself in many and varied ways. Anyway, we have […]

8 February: Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

St Josephine Bakhita was born in Darfur, Sudan, in 1869. She was nine when she was kidnapped and sold as a slave, so traumatised by the experience that she could no longer remember her name. Her captors named her ‘bakhita’, which means ‘fortunate’. In 1882, she became the property of the Italian consul, whose family […]

Tuesday 31 December

1 John 2:18-21; Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13; John 1:1-18 Did you see his glory? 2019 has come to an end. Did it seem filled with the glory that is the Son’s, full of grace and truth? Or was he in your world and you did not know him? For many, the new year is beginning with […]

Monday 30 December

1 John 2:12-17; Psalm 96:7-10; Luke 2:36-40 Good things worth waiting for Luke is not kidding when he says Anna’s days of girlhood were well over. She was 84! The extraordinary thing about being a follower of Christ is that it isn’t over till it’s over. You are never too old to be surprised by […]

Thursday 5 December

Isaiah 26:1-6; Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27; Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Fast and furious Some people laugh when they see road workers leaning on their shovels. But anyone who digs holes for a living understands. Digging foundations in rock does require persistence and determination. If you are doing it all day, it also requires a relaxed […]

Wednesday 4 December

Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalm 23; Matthew 15:29-37 My grace is enough for you God will always give us all that we need to do what he wants. If, at any time, the task seems beyond you, there are two possible explanations: the job, no matter how laudable, is not what God wants. OR, you are trying […]

Wednesday 30 October

Romans 8:26-30; Psalm 13; Luke 13:22-30 Only a few saved? Jesus, the “narrow door”, opens himself and his kingdom to those who love and serve him and their neighbour. He warns people who knowingly ignore his call: “I tell you, many will try and enter and will not succeed”. No one enters through Jesus on […]

Tuesday 29 October

Romans 8:18-25; Psalm 126; Luke 13:18-21 The Kingdom of God is like … Jesus describes the Kingdom of God with two images: a germinating mustard seed which grows into a shady tree; and yeast which leavens flour into dough. In Romans, Paul describes the wounded creation – “and all of us who possess the first-fruits […]