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.  

In the book of the prophet Isaiah we read poignant lines describing the suffering servant of God as ‘despised and rejected … a man of suffering, and familiar with pain… he was despised, and we held him in low esteem’ ( Isaiah 53:3). The Gospel...
Text: ‘Several people who had been listening to Jesus said, “Surely he must be the prophet”, and some said, “He is the Christ”, but others said, “Would the Christ be from Galilee?”’ John 7:40-41 Image: Sea of Galilee
Here is a man whose son is dying. He is a nonbeliever and a royal official, but he is also a grieving father. In his despair he has no shame. He pleads with Jesus and he asks for life. Jesus shows himself to be the master of death and the child is...
Text: ‘“Sir … come down before my child dies.” “Go home,” said Jesus “your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus had said and started on his way.’ John 4:49-50 Image: dark alley way with young child at the end
Today is the feast of the Annunciation, when Mary of Nazareth receives an astonishing invitation. She listens, she asks questions, she ponders, and she oh so bravely says ‘Yes’. Mary is open to the Holy Spirit. She lets God work in her. Simeon soon...
Text ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord … let what you have said be done to me.’ Luke 1:38 Image: rose
Love your neighbour as yourself. This is another Copernican revolution, but it is a very uncomplicated message and very simple to put into practice. This shouldn’t be hard. All we need to understand is that, for God, unity is just as important as...
Text: ‘To love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice.’ Mark 12:33 Image: two girls sitting on a rooftop gazing across the city.
For those who know the Gospels, this seems a strange thing for Jesus to say – ‘who is not with me is against me’ – because elsewhere in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew he is reported as saying the exact opposite: ‘whoever is not against us is for us...
Text: ‘He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.’ Luke 11:23 Image: shepherd with flock
The themes of life and death, light and darkness, and this world and the world above, run through the Gospel of John. There is great darkness over the earth. Terrible things happen in my world. They happen in my family life and they happen on my...
Text: ‘The night will soon be here when no one can work. As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.’ John 9:4-5 Light: candle.
Lent is a time for facing the deep temptations I meet on the pilgrimage of life. What do I hold onto? What do I abandon? Jesus provides a surprising answer to these questions, because he both holds to the Law and transcends the Law. Jesus’...
‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them.’ Matthew 5:17 Image: sunset on Mount Sinai, Wikmedia Commons
Forgive or get tortured? Jesus certainly puts a high price on forgiveness. But his concern here is not really about my brother or sister, or about forgiveness. His concern here is about my heart and soul. I was born with a gift, a gift for...
Text: ‘In anger his master handed him over to the torturers til he should pay all his debt. And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’ Matthew 18:34‑35 Image: a pile of sacks
Today is the feast of St Joseph. St Joseph is another model for the journey through Lent. We know that Joseph was a spiritual man, sensitive to the movements of angels, like Jesus in his temptations in the desert. When the angel came to Joseph in a...
Image of old stone temple in the Holy Land. Text: ‘Why were you looking for me?... Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?’ Luke 2:49
At this time in Lent the readings start to shift from the Gospel of Matthew, with its emphasis on the cruelly treated Messiah, to the Gospel of John. Here the emphasis moves to another level. The focus is on Jesus as a bearer of divine love. The...
Text: ‘If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you: Give me a drink, you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.’ John 4:10 Image: drop of water falling, ripples
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