Reflections

A Sign of Better Things to Come

If you were in  Jesus’ shoes and you were about to grab the world’s  attention with your first miracle, what might that first miracle be? Might you reverse global warming or end third world poverty? Jesus’ first miracle was to turn water into wine at the Wedding of Cana. To many it seems a  frivolous kind of miracle something akin to a party trick, but

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New Beginnings

Now when all the people were baptised, and when Jesus also had been baptised and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” This is a great moment for Jesus, a moment when he receives affirmation

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Believing in Promises

It's easy for us to take promises with a pinch of salt. Whilst growing up, we've learned that promises are easily made and easily broken. We make promises of our own with varying degrees of commitment. In short, promises are not always made to be kept, and our faith in a promise is seriously  undermined. No wonder the promises we read in the  bible don't

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What Must We Do?

How many times are we shamed into saying, "I'll never grumble again!" We watch children who have life threatening illnesses finding  something to smile about. We see families living in poverty, seemingly happy when they have every excuse to be deeply unhappy. We read about the men and women, who despite disability or overwhelming odds, adopt a positive   attitude and achieve great things. These people

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Giving Our All

Jesus sits down opposite the treasury, and watches the crowd putting money into the collecting boxes. Many rich people put in large generous looking sums, but nevertheless large sums that they can easily afford. Then along comes a poor widow and puts in two small copper coins, doubtless all she has.  Jesus points out that because she has given her all, her     contribution is worth

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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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