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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.’

Lenten Reflection

The Gospel reading on the First Sunday of Lent is always about Our Lord’s being tempted in the desert.

Sunday 14 February

First Sunday of Lent Deuteronomy 26:4-10, Romans 10:8-13, Ps.91, Luke 4:1-13 Temptation Jesus was fully human in all ways except sin. Therefore he could be tempted. Satan probed in those areas where he thought Jesus might be vulnerable. Surely he does the same with us. Satan well knows our individual vulnerabilities. Do we know them […]

Sunday 9 March

First Sunday of Lent Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19, Ps 51, Matthew 4:1-11 Ask for God’s help Fighting the snares of the devil is something we all have to do. It can be exhausting in every way, taxing our strength and all too often leaving us trapped and on the wrong side of sin. Enlisting […]

Sunday 24 February

second Sunday in Lent Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18, Ps.27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 9:28-36 Transfiguration Were the disciples allowed to see the transfiguration of Jesus to prepare them for the trials ahead? We don’t know, but we do know they found the moment so wonderful that Peter begged to be allowed to prolong it. We all, I […]

Thursday 14 February

Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Ps.1, Luke 9:22-25 Take up your cross. What is my cross? We all have many crosses in our lives, but most of them are temporary. Usually, however, there is one cross which doesn’t seem to change. It may be a particular temptation or perhaps a character trait. It may be constant ill health […]

Tuesday 10 July

Hosea 8:4-7,11-13, Ps.115, Matthew 9:32-38 Good fruit Everything good comes from God. The Pharisees suggested that Jesus healed by the power of Satan, simply because they disapproved of Jesus, he was not one of them. This is a temptation we, as individuals and we, as church, can fall into. Good is done in many ways, […]

Thursday 26 April

St Mark the Evangelist 1 Peter 5:5-14; Ps 89; Mark 16:15-20 Example for a disciple The words, “You will have to suffer only for a little while,” are a helpful key for understanding Mark the Evangelist. Jesus, for Mark, is a suffering Messiah, and so, as his disciples, we too will have to suffer the […]

The Devil Made Me Do It

I AM tempted to suggest that the devil has put me up to today’s exercise but that would be too clever by half because what I want to talk about is, in fact, the devil. Do you ever struggle to believe in the devil? Does it make any sense to you that he can be […]

Lead us not into temptation

A regular reader of the Messenger has asked for an explanation of the final petition of the Lord’s Prayer in the new (old) translation. “Lead us not into temptation” Those who had been using the ELLC text of the Our Father were accustomed to praying: “Save us from the time of trial” Both of these […]