A reflection for the Sunday after Ascension Day

Reading: John 17: 1-11 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true … Continue reading A reflection for the Sunday after Ascension Day

A reflection for the third Sunday in Easter

Reading: Luke 24:13-35 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you … Continue reading A reflection for the third Sunday in Easter

A reflection for the second Sunday of Easter

Reading: 1 Peter 1: 3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through … Continue reading A reflection for the second Sunday of Easter

A reflection for Good Friday

Reading: Isaiah 53:3-12 He was despised and rejected by others;a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;and as one from whom others hide their faceshe was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our infirmitiesand carried our diseases;yet we accounted him stricken,struck down by God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions,crushed for our iniquities;upon him was the punishment … Continue reading A reflection for Good Friday

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A reflection for Holy Wednesday

Reading: John 13: 21-32 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while … Continue reading A reflection for Holy Wednesday

A reflection on the Gospel according to John, chapter 11.

Today’s gospel reading is the powerful account of Lazarus being restored to life by Jesus. It is such a well-known bible story that the name of Lazarus has come to be associated with anyone who makes a remarkable recovery from illness, or who survives it against the odds. Some time ago, when I visited an elderly person who was very ill in a nursing home, … Continue reading A reflection on the Gospel according to John, chapter 11.