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.  

Today is the feast of St Patrick. St Patrick travelled like a lamb among wolves. As a teenager he was captured by pirates and sold into slavery. Being a slave, he learned about Jesus. He felt guilty about a terrible crime he committed when he was...
Text: ‘Remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.’ Luke 10:3 Image: lamb.
How I wish right now that I were Lazarus, so loved by God. But I do not wish for his destitution and disease. I fear I am like the rich man, living a rich life on a planet where so many millions have nothing. Lord, soften my heart. Help me to fall...
Text: ‘The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham.’ Luke 16:22 Image: beautiful fluffy white clouds
I feel terrible today. I have had more bad news about the health of my beloved, who doesn’t seem to feel so terrible at all, saying ‘At least I have an end in sight.’ I have had a bad day at work. All I try to do seems like a failure. I can’t let go...
‘We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn him to death … and on the third day he will rise again.’ Matthew 20:18 Image: Sea of Galilee
The Gospel is full of Copernican revolutions. Copernicus was the one who suggested that the sun doesn’t revolve around the earth, despite appearances, but that the earth revolves around the sun. Jesus says that the greatest must become servant and...
Image: a lion Text: The greatest among you must be your servant (Matthew 23:11)
Today I saw my beloved after two weeks of chemotherapy: gaunt, hair nearly gone, warm eyes, a warm embrace. I felt terrible, unable to find a word of hope. Perhaps my feelings showed. ‘Don’t worry about me. I’m fine,’ came the reply, ‘I know this is...
A young boy helping another boy to climb up a hill - silouhette. Text: ‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate…. ’ Luke 6:36
I have had four memorable mystical moments in my life. These profoundly timeless encounters with the indescribable wonder we call God are the foundations of my faith. And yet, for all the other thousands of days of my life, trying to remain in the...
Text: ‘There in their presence Jesus was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light.’ Matthew 17:2 Image: mountain with white light.
Don’t be superficial! Lord, is that what you are saying? Is that your eleventh commandment? Sorry, that’s a bitter joke. I can assure you there’s nothing superficial about facing a death sentence – but then again you probably know that. Sorry: I...
Image: a candle that has gone out. Text:‘If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.’ Matthew 5:20
My main enemy is the voice inside me, a nagging voice overdubbed with doubt, ego, fear and avoidance. I wonder if, after I manage to befriend this voice, I might be able to love all my other enemies. Or is this another of my self-centred...
Olive branches against blue sky. Text: ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:44
I’m asking Lord. I’ve been asking day and night for weeks. Please let my beloved live. Please take away this diagnosis. Please make me whole again. And Lord, I’m searching too, like a crazy person who has lost their mind. I search the Gospels, I...
Text: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find. (Matthew 7:7) Image: person holding a map
These are the hardest days I have ever endured in my life. I am full of sadness and my mind is completely blank. This makes everything harder, because I do not understand why my beloved has to die. How can this be good? How can this reveal a loving...
Text: ‘When Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.’ Luke 11:32. Image: person standing on hill.
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