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Mary and Martha

We are all familiar with this story of life in the house at Bethany, and most women have a secret soft spot for Martha and her dilemma! But here in this house, with his good friends, Jesus points out just how we can lose sight of what’s really important. There is no one who hasn’t been worried, …

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Sent Out

Last week we were thinking together about Jesus’ invitation to each of us;  ‘follow me’.   Jesus is not inviting us to be part of an established religion, but part of a lifestyle that is simple, non-violent, shared and above all, loving.  But today, we find that this is not only a call for us to …

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Ordinary Time

Today we enter into a long period of ‘Ordinary Time’, a time when all the big festivals are over, and we can settle into some simple quiet time, if spending time with Jesus could ever be called ‘quiet time’.  Jesus has a habit of stirring us up, and unsettling our nice settled, ordered ways. Throughout this …

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Christian Unity

This final week of the Easter season before we reach Pentecost, is marked as the week for Christian Unity.  It is a call for us to join with all our Christian brothers and sisters across the world as we look forward to the festival of the coming of the Holy Spirit among us, and the …

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Love One Another

Today’s Gospel forms part of Jesus’ farewell discourse – his last words to his disciples before he went out to the Mount of Olives.  Among these last words is that so simple, and yet so difficult commandment; love one another.  Jesus describes this as a ‘new commandment’, and it really does lie at the heart …

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The Good Shepherd

As we move through the Easter season, we meet the risen Christ, and we spend time reflecting on what the reality of the resurrection is for us, here and now.  In the coming weeks we will hear about the hope, joy and peace that is ours to take hold of in our lives, because Jesus …

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Breakfast to Go

Who doesn’t like breakfast on the beach!   Weary of all the drama, the disciples return to doing what they know best; pushing out the boats and going fishing.  It would be a welcome distraction from the pain and guilt of the past few weeks.  But they had a non-productive night, and there were no fish …

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Faith and Doubt

On this Sunday as we turn from the joy and excitement of Easter Day, we find ourselves down with the doubters, with Thomas, who cannot comprehend the resurrection.  This common-sense disciple who refused to believe that Jesus had risen is often contemptuously called ‘doubting Thomas’, yet we can probably all identify with his doubts and …

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Easter

As Easter dawns on the horizon, we have emerged out of the dark tunnel of Lent and Holy Week into the light.  The Easter story reminds us to trust and hope in the risen Christ, because no matter how bleak our circumstances seem, joy lies just around the corner.  With God all things are possible.  …

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Palm Sunday

As Jesus, his disciples and followers draw closer to Jerusalem, the centre of economic and religious life, Jesus includes his disciples in his preparations for his entry into the city. They are directed where to find the donkey and its colt and how to reply to any questioners.  In contrast to images of a triumphal …

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