23. January 2021
Living as the family of God Jesus said, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers? ...whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’ Mark 3.31-35 What does it mean to live as the family of God? Like many cultures today, Jesus came from a close knit family, and his words to his mother & brothers, early in Mark’s Gospel would have been profoundly shocking. Seeing Jesus’ surrounded by crowds in Capernaum, they send for him. But Jesus, who has already left behind his birth...

Thought For The Day - Friday
22. January 2021
Saint Vincent of Saragossa “In the world, you will have affliction. But take courage, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Today is the feast day of Vincent of Saragossa who, as was St Agnes from John’s reflection yesterday, martyred by Emporer Diocletian in 304AD. Vincent was a deacon who lived in what is now Spain, and was arrested with his bishop when Christians were being persecuted under the Roman Emperor. The bishop was banished, but Vincent, as his deacon and assistant, was...

Thought For The Day - Thursday
21. January 2021
St Agnes by Guarino (1650) Today the church remembers a very special person. She was a child of a wealthy noble Roman family at the time of Diocletian. She was well educated and like her parents, was a Christian. At that time it was common for girls just entering womanhood to receive offers of betrothal. Thirteen year old Agnes was no stranger to this but unlike others in her position, she rejected these offers. She made her position clear. She wished only to dedicate her life to her Lord and...

Thought for the Day - Wednesday
20. January 2021
A man works in an important administration role. But charges are brought against him, because he has been squandering his boss’s possessions. Faced with imminent dismissal, the man worries about what he will do – he isn’t strong enough for physical work and he is too proud to receive state handouts. So the man hatches a plan to ensure that, after he has left his job, he will have people he can call upon for hospitality. He quickly puts his plan into practice; calling in each of those who...

Thought For The Day - Tuesday
19. January 2021
Mind, Body and Spirit We are all a bit (understandably) obsessed with our health at the moment. Many people we know have been unwell with Covid-19 and we may have lost loved ones. We are worried about catching it before we get our vaccines. Dealing with high stress levels affects our physical health. Our physical bodies can become all we think about but to stay healthy we need to look after our spiritual health too. One way of seeing ourselves is that we are tripartite (God made us in his own...

Thought For The Day - Monday
18. January 2021
*Salisbury Cathedral – mass vaccination hub* Shot in the Arm ‘Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches …who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp’ Amos 4.6 What on earth am I here for? That is the question behind this new series on ‘purpose’. Living without a clear sense of purpose brings emptiness, complacency, and an indifference towards the needy. This was the fate of rich people in Amos’ time. Lounging on their luxurious couches, they strummed...

Thought For The Day - Saturday
16. January 2021
Worship as living justice, kindness & humility. ‘I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies... But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.’ (Amos 5.21, 24) Here we are, back in lockdown, and having decided to cancel our gathered worship for public health reasons, we greatly miss being able to worship together physically. But in this morning’s Old Testament reading, we hear about a different kind of...

Thought For The Day - Friday
15. January 2021
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us.” Psalm 67 Happy New Year! And what a start to 2021. I think we could all do with some comfort at this time and psalm 67 is just that, a psalm of comfort, encouragement and blessings. The first two lines are particularly comforting, they are very similar to the words bestowed on us during Baptism and perhaps that’s why they feel like they do, but what is encouraging is knowing that we can also ask God for His...

Thought For The Day - Thursday
14. January 2021
1 Corinthians 3 The recent events surrounding the storming of the Capitol in Washington reminded me of a text from Paul's First letter to the Corinthians which comes from a reading set for today’s Morning Prayer. In it Paul reminds the congregation that he could not address them as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ because there is jealousy and quarrelling among them. In verse 16 he writes, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are...

Thought for the Day - Wednesday
13. January 2021
The 14th-Century Persian poet Hafiz, once wrote: "The words you speak become the house you live in." Our words carry power; they shape both our perception of ourselves and altar the perspectives of the people who hear them. And the way we use our words, tells a lot about who we are and what's important to us. At morning prayer today we said Psalm 19, whose final verse reads: "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." It...

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