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Reflection for Sunday 17th Oct

Reflection for Sunday 17th Oct

Reflection Mark 10: 35-45 What does it mean that Jesus came to serve and give his life as a ransom? Kidnapping is thankfully very rare these days for us, but not in all parts of the world. In parts of sub-Saharan Africa, or in Syria, or Central America people are...

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Reflection for Sunday 10th Oct

Reflection for Sunday 10th Oct

We call this man the “rich young ruler” but in Mark he is young, he is a man, he seems to be religious, very religious in fact, and right at the end we discover he has many possessions. Mark wants us to journey with the story – “what must we do to inherit eternal...

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Reflection for Sunday 3rd Oct

Reflection for Sunday 3rd Oct

Today we have a part of the second Creation Account from Genesis and a second reminder in Mark that Jesus welcomed children – and was not too impressed if the disciples got in the way. There are two Creation Stories in Genesis; in chapter 1 the Creation is ordered...

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Reflection for Sunday 26th Sept

Reflection for Sunday 26th Sept

The Gospel reading for today is another episode of Jesus teaching his disciples and it is a teaching that is still so relevant today, potentially even more so than when Jesus was around. I’m sure we are all guilty of identifying ourselves as being part of certain...

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Reflection for Sunday 19th Sept

Reflection for Sunday 19th Sept

At this point in Mark’s gospel, Jesus is reiterating the teaching to his disciples about what is going to happen and how the kingdom should look. He’s trying to teach them and make them understand what is going to come, and they are finding it difficult to...

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Reflection for Sunday 12th Sept

Reflection for Sunday 12th Sept

Reflection Mark 8: 27-38 At this roughly mid-point in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus begins teaching about what will happen to him. This passage is the first occasion and is introduced by the discussion about who Jesus is; Jesus eases the disciples into the discussion by asking...

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Reflection for Sunday 5th Sept

Reflection for Sunday 5th Sept

The gospel reading for today is one that divides the commentators – not surprising as it seems Jesus is rude to this woman in need, and the way he heals the man seems peculiar. For us, 2000 years on, and 2000 miles away from where it happened, we have to acknowledge...

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Reflection for Sunday 29th Aug

Reflection for Sunday 29th Aug

Year B, Mark 7_1-8, 14-15, 21-23, WORSHIP AT HOME REFLECTION In our Gospel passage today we move back into Mark and away from our tour through John 6 which we have had for the last few weeks. The story we hear today is about an encounter between Jesus and the...

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Reflection for Sunday 22nd Aug

Reflection for Sunday 22nd Aug

Reflection John 6: 56-69 We come to the final part of John chapter 6 - this long section in which Jesus responds to the questions and challenges of the crowd who simply do not get the deeper meaning in what Jesus is saying. The scene is now Capernaum, and in the...

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Reflection for Sunday 15th Aug

Reflection for Sunday 15th Aug

The readings for today are a mixed group. The OT reading is a wonderful snippet from the first part of Proverbs which focuses on Wisdom. Wisdom is the voice of God into our world, inviting not demanding, offering not compelling, but do we listen, do we look out for...

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A Sombre Reflection 6th Aug

A Sombre Reflection 6th Aug

Important but not easy August 6th and August 9th are two dates which we should remember with sorrow and with trepidation. On these two days, in 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The death toll was somewhere...

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Reflection for Sunday 8th Aug

Reflection for Sunday 8th Aug

Today our readings take us further into the discussion between Jesus and the crowd. They continue this two-level mis-conversation about bread. The crowd want food, and Jesus is offering a more profound reality, a deeper truth, but a less simple and quick answer. The...

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Reflection for Sunday 1st Aug

Reflection for Sunday 1st Aug

Jesus suggests that the crowd were looking for Jesus because he had fed them, met their material needs, not because the miracle was a sign of who Jesus is. The two passages are linked with this theme of food, and misunderstanding or maybe a reluctance to engage more...

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Reflection for Sunday 25th July

Reflection for Sunday 25th July

The feeding of the 5000 is described in all four gospels – the only one of Jesus’s miracles or signs that is. Each gospel writer focuses in slightly different ways – John tells us about the boy, about the green grass, and that the crowd wanted to make Jesus “king”....

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Reflection for Sunday 18th July

Reflection for Sunday 18th July

Our readings Sunday are a rather ―mixed bag – or so they seem to me. Our gospel reading is a split with the middle section (the feeding of the 5000) taken out, because we will hear this when we move to John‘s gospel in a week or two. But it is strange to cut out the...

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Reflection for Sunday 11th July

Reflection for Sunday 11th July

Reflection – Mark 6: 14-29 On a day when we welcome our new curate, the gospel reading reminds us that being a Christian leader can have a real cost. We last met John the Baptist preaching and baptising, but now he is in prison; he has annoyed Herod, because he has...

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Video Reflection for Sunday 9th May

Video Reflection for Sunday 9th May

Do we hang on to a fast-spinning planet, grab what we can for now, or are we tenants on a wonderful world, with a responsibility for those who come after us? https://youtu.be/rjSl1RLJ-LQ

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Reflection for Sunday 2nd May

Reflection for Sunday 2nd May

Father God, who by your grace has put onto our minds good desires, help us to bring them to good effect through Jesus our risen Lord. The wonderful passage from John’s gospel about Jesus as the vine and we as the branches gives us an opportunity to think about the...

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