Category: January 2016

January 30th 2016: Matthew 27:1-10

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Sadness is at the core of today’s reading. Matthew tells us that Judas repented when he saw what his betrayal had wrought, but it seems he did not trust that his turning away would lead to the possibility of reconciliation and restoration. Having been derided […]

January 29th 2016: Matthew 26:57-75

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Following from our previous discussion on Judas’s betrayal of Jesus, the end of today’s reading finds Peter weeping bitterly, as he becomes aware that he has done the one thing he promised Jesus he would never do, in exactly the way that Jesus foretold he […]

January 28th 2016: Matthew 26:47-56

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. How many times have any of us kissed, drawn close to, or sought intimacy with Jesus, only to turn tail and betray him immediately? I don’t ask this question from any place of judgement apart from, perhaps, against myself. I find it all too easy […]

January 27th 2016: Matthew 26:36-46

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Have you ever felt guilty for asking God to stop something terrible happening to you or someone you love, believing that not only should you persevere, but you should somehow enjoy it and seek it too? Perhaps it’s just me, but I have a bad […]

January 26th 2016: Matthew 26:17-35

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. If you are in the practice of celebrating Communion with any kind of regularity, the words Jesus says in today’s passage will be pretty familiar to you. I’ve often wondered what the friends of Jesus, gathered round a meal, having heard him pretty darkly and […]

January 25th 2016: Galatians 1:11-16a

You can follow the reading for today by clicking on this sentence. Today the Church of England remembers the conversion of the Apostle Paul. It’s a pretty momentous day in the history of the Church. Here was a fierce opponent of the fledgling Christian Church, transformed by a revelation from God in to one of […]

January 22nd 2016: Matthew 25:14-30

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Another day, another dark and confrontational parable from Jesus. This time, it seems that the object of his ire is the servant who does not use the deposit he has been given as an investment, and instead lives in fear. How much of a challenge […]

January 21st 2016: Matthew 25:1-13

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. My personality is quite a mixture. On the one hand I love to be prepared, and can find it quite uncomfortable if I don’t know that I have everything I’ll need for where I’m going, or know the way, or how long it’ll take me […]

January 20th 2016: Matthew 24:29-51

You can follow today’s post by clicking on this sentence. ‘Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives.’ We’ve spent the last couple of days thinking about watching and waiting, about making ready, about being prepared. Now today we are reminded and invited again to be about our Father’s […]

January 19th 2016: Matthew 24:15-28

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. As I read today’s passage, the single thought that came to my mind, apart from ‘blimey’, which is not the best thing to base a post around,was ‘I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the second coming of Christ.’ Do you, I wonder? […]

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