Category: 2016 Lectionary Ramblings

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? […]

January 18th 2016: Matthew 24:1-14

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. I might be wrong, but I don’t think it’s fashionable to endure these days. I wonder if it ever has been. We’re a society which wants answers now, things need to be fixed immediately, changes must be beneficial overnight, otherwise they are worse than useless. […]

January 16th 2016: Matthew 22:34-46

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Jesus’ exhortation to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbour as we love ourselves must be one of the most well-known of his commands. This summation of the Law that he came to fulfil is so all-encompassing, so […]

January 15th 2016: Matthew 22:15-33

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. What do we have that is God’s? That is the question which most clearly exercises my brain (and, I hope, my heart) as I read this passage.  In the reading, Jesus manages to disarm first the Pharisees, and then the Sadducees, with answers which surprised […]

January 14th 2016: Matthew 22:1-14

You can follow today’s post by clicking on this sentence. The point of this series of blogs is for me to take just a few short minutes every day, engage with a passage, see what jumps off the page at me, write a quick post about it and leave it at that. It’s not meant […]

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