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Spiritual Reflection – Easter 7

Spiritual Reflection – Pray Always Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. —Luke 18: 1 What is prayer? Why should we pray? And does God answer our prayers?  Jesus addresses each of these questions in a parable about prayer, a little story about an unjust judge who ultimately grants the wish of…

Spiritual Reflection – Easter 6

Spiritual Reflection – Satisfaction You move us to delight in praising You; for You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You. (St Augustine – The Confessions, Book 1) The Rolling Stones song I Can’t Get No Satisfaction is a reminder of the struggle that human beings face to find meaning, or satisfaction, in…

Spiritual Reflection – Easter 5

Spiritual Reflection – Rituals Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders.) (Mark…

Spiritual Reflection – Easter 3

Spiritual Reflection – Epiphany They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32 NRSV) The story of the ‘Road to Emmaus’, recorded only in the Gospel of Luke, is probably one of the most well known stories in the Bible.…

Spiritual Reflection for Lent 5

Life & Hope Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26 NRSV) The story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, which is found in the Gospel of John (11:1–45), is…

Spiritual Reflection for Lent 4

Tested Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.”  (John 9:16a NRSV) The Season of Lent reminds us that Jesus was tested when he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and tempted by the devil. But this wasn’t the only time that Jesus was tested. Throughout his ministry Jesus was…