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Of Choice and of Discernment

Prayerful Reflection with the movie The Children Act If the movie Of Gods and Men (2010) illustrates perfectly what is meant by ‘group discernment’, then The Children Act (2018) can be said to illustrate perfectly how ‘choice’ on a personal level is not necessarily discernment. Before getting into what is missing from The Children Act […]

We Are Adopted, Yet Truly God’s Children

As long as God has been God – eternally – God has desired that his human creatures should also be genuinely his children. And Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, came for that very reason: “I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). That fullness of […]

Thursday 19 December

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25; Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17; Luke 1:5-25 Expect the unexpected It was going to be just another day at the Temple. He had a sacred duty to perform, but nothing he was not expecting. And then God turned Zechariah’s life upside down. Is there a pattern emerging here? Mary, Joseph, Zechariah — and soon, […]

Wednesday 18 December

Jeremiah 23:5-8; Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Matthew 1:18-24 Be not afraid Poor old Joseph. He was just an ordinary bloke, quite happy to spend his life making tables and chairs. And suddenly he is sucked up into the infinite. When God overpowers you with the unexpected, listen out for the Angel. Do not be afraid.

Tuesday 10 December

Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13; Matthew 18:12-14 Home, home at last Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart. So, I suspect, does lostness and foundness. Our life is a process of being found in […]

December Crossword

Solution for November Apologies that the clue for 17 Across in the November Crossword was misplaced 17 Across should have been: “Gamblers’ profit from Wednesday’s lead during a cricket game! (8) Across: 1 Pawpaw, 4 U-boats, 8 Religion, 9 Ogre, 11 Chock-a-block, 12 Stipulating, 15 Interregnum, 16 Evil, 17 Winnings, 18 Theist, 19 Demons.  Down: […]

Sunday 1 December

1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122:1-2, 4-5, 6-9; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44 Stay awake It is all too easy to sleepwalk through life waiting for something spectacular like the second coming. But Christ comes to us every day. If we have the eyes of faith, we will find him in the faces of […]

Wednesday 20 November

2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31; Psalm 17; Luke 19:11-28 Reward follows sacrifice It would be so easy to miss the references to Jerusalem at the beginning and end of this parable. Jerusalem – where Jesus was to offer his life so that others could have life. If we keep our faith to ourselves we are not […]

Wednesday 13 November

Wisdom 6:1-11; Psalm 82; Luke 17:11-19 Give thanks! To be a leper in the time of Jesus was to be an outcast, someone totally shunned, alone. To be cured of this affliction then was like being given an unexpected second chance. In such circumstances it would seem natural to be grateful. But only one of […]

Tuesday 12 November

St Josaphat [M] Wisdom 2:23-3:9; Psalm 34; Luke 17:7-10 Serving others brings life The Christian faith is built upon a paradox: die and you will live; give and you will receive. Our culture no longer sees the truth in that apparent contradiction. The emphasis is more on the individual: my rights, my personal development, my […]