Thought for the day

Take this thought with you today to remind you that God is with you in all you do. His love can shine through your actions this day.  

O God, may I rejoice today in the glory of Easter!
“Jesus Christ is risen! Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness!” (Pope Francis)  Image: cherry blossom
I have been travelling with Jesus since the Transfiguration, from the mountain to Jerusalem. Slowly I understand that Jesus is the one who embraces all human suffering with an overwhelming divine love. After the death of my beloved, however, I am...
‘Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.’ John 20:9
Everything is on hold for me on Holy Saturday. The sanctuary is deserted. There is darkness all over my earth. All I can see is an entire universe teetering between cruel death and ecstatic love. I simmer with anger. Jesus would smile at the human...
‘After the sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre.’ Matthew 28:1 Image: sunrise
This is the absolute end. This is the moment I have been dreading all through Lent as I wait beside my dying beloved. My sense of being loved has deepened, but my fear of losing my beloved has deepened just as much. In the Gospel of John, at the...
‘After Jesus had taken the vinegar he said, “It is accomplished”; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.’ John 19:30 Image: crucifix
The Last Supper was not the first time Jesus had shared a meal with the worst of sinners and the hungriest of pilgrims. It was not the first time Jesus had given consolation and healing to those who shared a table with him. On this night, however,...
Text: ‘Jesus began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing.’ John 13:5 Image: bowl of water with towel
My house? Imagine: today my Lord is coming to my house with his disciples to celebrate Passover. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the powers of darkness will not be far away, along with spies, traitors, and guards. The most important word...
Image: earthenware jug on wooden table with fruit. ‘My time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.’ Matthew 26:18
In his words to his disciples at the Passover meal, Jesus is giving his final teaching and making his farewells. Peter senses trouble. He wants to know where Jesus is going. He wants to go with him, and wants to lay down his life for Jesus. Jesus...
‘Where I am going you cannot follow me now; you will follow me later.’ John 13:36 Image: a cross on a hill
Today is the day. The die is cast. Two forces are heading towards an inevitable conflagration. On the one hand there is the great city of Jerusalem under the power of Rome and the power of the high priests. On the other hand there is a prophet from...
Image: donkey. Text: ‘Look, your king comes to you; he is humble, he rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ Matthew 21:5
See the signs. Let go of your doubts. Believe in Jesus. Simple? To believe in a person requires the deepest faith because it requires self-giving. I can believe in someone’s teachings and then change my mind, and there are no hard feelings. On the...
‘“Here is this man working all these signs” they said… “If we let him go on in this way everybody will believe in him.”’ John 11:48 Image: chapter house
The Gospel of John challenges the followers of Jesus to forget their fears and to take their faith to a deeper level. Six days before the Passover, perhaps a week or so after raising Lazarus, Jesus goes back to his friends in Bethany to the east of...
‘Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment ... and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair.’ John 12:1-3
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