Reflections

Approaching the empty tomb

Traditionally at this time of year thousands of new Christians are    baptised all over the world. A young man baptised recently was asked, “Do you feel different now that you are baptised and a Christian?” “Yes,” he replied,” I went from believing nothing to believing everything sort of vaguely. I hope God will make things clearer to me as I continue on this journey.” Easter

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Living Temples

Once a year at Passover, Jews visited the Temple and offered a sacrifice to God. At this time of year the number of visitors to Jerusalem swelled and the moneylenders, with their eye to business, took to  operating a scam. When visitors came to the Temple they were able to purchase animals or doves to offer as sacrifices. Because the Jews considered Roman coinage bearing

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Quick Fix Remedy

Do you bound out of bed each morning eager to get to work ….. enthusiastic about all the challenges that lie ahead? Well probably not! Life is a series of highs and lows, but we all know that the ‘highs’ are few and far between. For most of us life is a series of chores and we can often feel burdened by drudgery and frustration.

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Great Expectations

Have you ever had to live up to someone else’s expectations? At first it can feel daunting, but the strange thing about great expectations, is that very often they have the power to transform us. Living up to raised  expectations can make us into better people. In today’s gospel, Jesus meets Andrew’s brother Simon. He looks at him and says, “You are Simon son of

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The Past Doesn’t Have to Equal The Future

What does Jesus’ baptism say to us? Jesus’ thirty years of preparation before his public  baptism remind us that it takes time to get ready for God’s mission. How many countless hours did Jesus spend in prayer? What study, what thought, what vision must he have undergone before appearing in front of John asking for baptism? What do we learn from Jesus’ baptism? January is

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Finding ‘You’ Time

How prepared are you? Have you ordered all the presents and put up the tree? Preparation is one of the most important parts of Christmas, but Advent was never supposed to be about fixing the fairy lights. Advent is about spiritual preparation. In all the whirlwind preparations for the Christmas celebrations, we need to prepare a way for the Lord, and this preparation begins with

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