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Tag Archive for ‘sin’

Thursday 4 July

Genesis 22:1-19; Psalm 115; Matthew 9:1-8 Illness and sin In curing this paralytic Jesus identifies both illness and sin – the former affecting the man’s health, the reality of sin bringing a deeper dis-ease to his soul. Notice Jesus does not say the man’s illness is caused by sin, he rejects that prejudice of the […]

Sunday 30 June

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME 1 Kings 19:16, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Psalm 16; Luke 9:51-62 What it means to be free When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free, so says Paul in his letter to the Galatians. It is a freedom from slavery to the law and a freedom from sin. […]

The Problem of Sin and God

Is sin a problem for God? NO!  No, sin is not a problem to God in the sense that He cannot cope with it, cannot overcome the difficulty that sin presents – not to Him but to us, the ones who sin. Even the Old Testament recognised that God could and did deal very effectively […]

Monday 8 April

Daniel 13; Psalm 23; John 8:1-11 Writing in the sand There are times when intense emotions are aroused. We need some ‘time out’ to grapple with what we are experiencing and how best to respond. Jesus felt for this woman, publicly condemned and obviously shamed, and rather than react to her accusers, he doodles in […]

Thursday 21 March

Jeremiah 17 5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus The sin of the rich man in today’s gospel was not that he had a lot of money, but that he did not hear the cry of the poor man Lazarus. Lent is a time when we open the ears of our hearts to truly listen and […]

Thursday 7 March

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Luke 9:22-25 Take up your cross The central mystery of our faith is that goodness has conquered sin and that life has conquered death. It is done through the cross. Christ has gone before us and shown us the way. We too need to shoulder our crosses and not run away […]

Thursday 28 February

Ecclesiasticus 5:1-8; Psalm 1; Mark 9:41-50 Trust in God The first reading suggests that it is silly to place our confidence in money or in ‘ill-gotten gains’. They will surely let us down. Our ‘delight is the law of the Lord’. The Gospel reading makes it clear that we are to take strong measures to […]

Tuesday 12 February

Genesis 1:20-2:4; Psalm 8; Mark 7:1-13 God’s image We are made in the image of God, and this can never be lost. Our likeness to God may be damaged, and even lost, through our wilfulness and sin. The Lord always calls us back, though, just as he called the Pharisees and scribes, for he has […]

Saturday 19 January

Hebrews 4:12-16; Psalm 18 (19):8-10, 15; Mark 2:13-17 Physician Jesus saw himself as a physician. He is interested and concerned with the sick. He sees sin as a sickness and wants to address it. He does not confuse the sin with the sinner as we tend to do. He befriends the sinners and attends to […]

Friday 18 January

Hebrews 4:1-5, 11; Psalm 77 (78):3-4, 6-8; Mark 2:1-12 Forgiveness What can we do about our sins? Our memories keep bringing them back. We fail when we try to kid ourselves that we didn’t really sin anyway. Jesus offers us forgiveness. It is something he offers and wants to give. It removes sin, like taking […]