Reflections

A Career At The Top

How do we equate success? Is success a career in management  perhaps or a titled role? Do we see success as rising to the top of our chosen field and earning recognition fame and respect with a healthy wage packet thrown in for good measure? Today we find James and John not behaving as good disciples ought. They ask Jesus for places of honour in

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The Right Stuff

Have you ever backed away from an opportunity that could have changed your life? Have you ever turned down an invitation to take part in  something because you felt inadequate or afraid? In today’s gospel story a man kneels at Jesus’ feet and asks “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The man is a good man, a man who has kept all the   

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In it Together

We can't go through life without  being part of a group, a club, or an  organisation. Schools, the  workplace, and organised religions are all like being part of a club. Clubs have something in common. When we’re in a club we enjoy a sense of belonging, friends, shared values and an agreed way of doing things. But being part of a group also has its

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Choosing Your Crosses

We like stories about Peter because he’s a flawed character. He gets himself into trouble on numerous occasions by saying rash things. We like Peter because in a lot of ways he is just like each and every one of us. Today Peter recognises Jesus as the Son of God, but he completely fails to grasp the implications. He certainly doesn’t understand the necessity for

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Heart Of The Matter

Could it be true that at one stage or another we have all been guilty of hypocrisy? It’s hard to get through life without finding that our actions and our words don’t quite marry up. We know the tell tale signs all too well. We go to the polling booth to vote, or commit our opinions to ‘Facebook’, and experience a slight discomfort. It’s a

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Believe or Leave

Like a barrister, St. John sets Jesus’ case before us. He sets it out in measured bite sizes so that we can digest one fact before moving onto the next. We see Jesus healing people and curing the sick. We see him present us with a sign of his divinity in the feeding of the five thousand. We see Jesus teaching people about the more

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