Saturday, April 30, 2016

prayer diary Saturday 30 April 2016

‘If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you.' 
John 15.18

Reflection:
The purpose of Christianity is not so that Christians may be loved. It is rather that they show love to others by doing all they can to lead them to Christ.

Friday, April 29, 2016

prayer diary Friday 29 April 2016

'No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.' 
John 15.13

Reflection
The martyrs gave up their lives that others might hear the Gospel. We too must be willing to make any sacrifice that others may be brought to Christ.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

prayer diary Thursday 28 April 2016

'If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love.' 
John 14. 10

Reflection
There are many who claim to love Christ who refuse to live by his teachings. Pray for them; for love of Christ must be shown by obedience to his commands.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

prayer diary Wednesday 27 April 2016

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower … every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.' 
John 14. 1,2

Reflection:
We read in Hebrews that Christ was perfected in suffering. How much more do we need to be made perfect? All that we face in this life is a chance to grow in Christ.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

prayer diary Tuesday 26 April 2016

'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.' 
John 14.27

Reflection
There is much in the world that may trouble us. But if we have faith then we know that we have nothing to fear.

Monday, April 25, 2016

prayer diary Monday 25 April 2016 (St Mark the Evangelist)

' ...and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.' 
Mark 13.13

Reflection
St Mark himself was faithful unto death. We can give thanks that the one chosen by God to record these words of His was also given the grace to live them out fully in his life – even as we pray to be granted some small measure of that same grace.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fear them!

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The Jethro Tull revival starter kit, clerical edition

as I have loved you

May my words be in the Name of Almighty God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

GK Chesterton, the famous writer and Christian apologist, once memorably said that: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” No where does that statement find more resonance than when it comes to some of the words that we hear Christ speak in our Gospel reading today: ' I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

This commandment stands at the heart of our Lord's Good News; and which of us would seriously contend that it has been put faithfully into practice? What a different world we would live in if it were! No war, for there would be no reason to ever take up arms for their would be none to fight against; there would be no injustice, for all would prefer to see themselves wronged in some way rather than see another receive less than the full measure of justice; and no hunger or want, for the greed that allows one nation or group to stockpile food while others go hungry would be such a hideous thought that it would never occur to anyone to even consider such behaviour. So let us look over this commandment carefully today and see how we might do better in following it.

First, let us consider why Christ calls it a 'new commandment'; after all, does not the Old Testament tell us to love our neighbour? However, as St Augustine points out, our Lord adds something radically different to these words; he says that we must love one another 'as I have loved you.' That is what makes it new. We are to look to the example of love that Christ sets for us and do likewise in the love we show to our brothers and sisters. So what is that example?

Well, that is too great a topic for a single sermon; but here are some aspects that we may consider. What is it that we see Christ doing earlier in this chapter of the Gospel? He washes the feet of his 12 Apostles; God made man does the work of the most menial slave. We may also think of why he came into the world – For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ' And we know that Christ died on the Cross for our sins so that we might have that eternal life. So we can therefore say that the love we are called to emulate is a love that is both humble and self-sacrificing, a love that is willing to do anything, even suffer and die, so that others might have eternal life.

But we must also keep in mind that the love that Christ has for mankind requires him to speak the truth. And sometimes that truth can be hard to hear. Think of the passage in John 6, when having taught them that if they are to have life in them they must eat his flesh; and some of his followers say to him 'this teaching is difficult; who can accept it?' And they leave. But Jesus does not change the teaching. For in love there must be truth or it is not love; loving someone and telling them what they want to hear is not the same thing; real love requires that the truth is spoken, even if, or indeed especially, the one you love finds that truth difficult to hear. Who, for example, wants to be told they are a sinner?Yet we hear Christ doing so many times in the Gospels. When the woman who was taken in adultery was brought to him, he saved her from the crowd; and then he told her to sin no more. Saving her life was a prelude to saving her soul; for what is the point of gaining her a few extra years in this life if when she comes to the end of her days she should find that she has been lost to eternal life? Would she have been grateful then that our Lord had chosen to spare her feelings by not speaking the truth and warning her to give up her sinful ways? I think not.

This does not mean that Christians are to berate and harass every person that they think is not living up to their ideal of what it is to be a Christian. We may usefully think here of the wise words of instruction that St Benedict had for abbots as to how they were to deal with wayward brethren: 'In administering correction he should act prudently and not go to excess, lest in seeking too eagerly to scrape off the rust he break the vessel. Let him keep his own frailty ever before his eyes and remember that the bruised reed must not be broken. By this we do not mean that he should allow vices to grow; on the contrary, as we have already said, he should eradicate them prudently and with love, in the way which may seem best in each case. .'


We are none of us, of course, abbots; and those around us are not monks. They are, however, children of God and our brothers and sisters; and we are, to answer the question of Cain, very much our brother's keeper. We have a responsibility towards them; and that responsibility has as a part of it the duty to present them with the truth they need to attain eternal life. It is indeed difficult, as Chesterton said; but we dare not leave it untried, for Christ himself gave it to us as a commandment. And those who love Christ know that he will by his grace sustain us at times of difficulty. And we may take comfort from the knowledge that by loving others as Christ loved us that not only will all the world know that we are his disciples; Christ himself will know it also, even as he welcomes us into his Father's house on the last day. Amen. 

Examin : St. Irenaeus on the importance of Church Unity

'The Church, having received this preaching and this faith, although she is disseminated throughout the whole world, yet guarded it, as if she occupied but one house. She likewise believes these things just as if she had but one soul and one and the same heart and harmoniously she proclaims them and teaches them and hands them down, as if she possessed but one mouth. For, while the languages of the world are diverse, nevertheless, the authority of the Tradition is one and the same.'

From 'Against Heresies' 1, 10, 2, (c. AD 190)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

prayer diary Saturday 23 April 2016

'Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.' 
John 14. 11

Reflection:
The miracles testify to the divinity of Christ and the truth of his teaching. Knowing then that his word is the word of God, how can we not do our utmost to obey it always?

Friday, April 22, 2016

prayer diary Friday 22 April 2016

'And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.' 
John 14.3

Reflection
Christ has prepared a place in heaven for all who love him. But never forget, that love must be shown in not only hearing but obeying his word.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

prayer diary Thursday 21 April 2016

'Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.’ 
John 13. 20

Reflection
The Father sent the Son; and the Son sent his followers out into the world. They are the ones to whom he entrusted his Gospel. Therefore to listen to those who faithfully pass his message on is to listen to God himself.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

prayer diary Wednesday 20 April 2016

'Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.' 
John 12. 44, 45

Reflection:
Faith in Christ is faith in God; and to look upon the face of the Son is to look upon the face of the Father. In him was God made man; and he came into the world to save us from our sins.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CHINA: CATHOLIC PRIESTS MISSING; WOMAN REPORTEDLY BURIED ALIVE IN CHURCH DEMOLITION

a Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) press release

Father Yang Jianwei went missing in Hebei Province, China on 15 April, the third Catholic priest to have disappeared and suspected to be detained by the authorities this month. Meanwhile, in neighbouring Henan Province, a pastor’s wife was reportedly buried alive on 14 April while protesting the demolition of her church.

Father Yang is the parish priest for Anzhuang village in Baoding and belongs to a Catholic community not recognised by the Chinese government, sometimes known as the “underground” Church.

According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), Baoding is home to almost 1 million Catholics and Father Yang is one of at least five “underground” Catholic priests in Hebei believed to have been picked up by authorities this month; two have since been released. AsiaNews also reported the detention or disappearance of priests in Hebei and Fujian.

Although the reasons for these disappearances are not clear, they come at a time when activists, academics, and lawyers are reporting a deterioration in China’s human rights situation and tightening restrictions on civil society, including religious communities. Both Catholics and Protestants in China have opposed the removal of hundreds of crosses by the authorities in Zhejiang Province since early 2014, while the international community has expressed alarm at the detention and disappearance of lawyers who have defended human rights including the right to freedom of religion or belief.

In other news, Ding Cuimei, a pastor’s wife, was reportedly buried alive on 14 April while protesting the demolition of her church in Henan Province.

According to reports from China Aid Association, Ding Cuimei and her husband, Pastor Li Jiangong, stepped in front of a bulldozer as a local developer supported by the government attempted to demolish their church building in Zhumadian, Henan Province. Ding Cuimei died of suffocation while her husband Li was able to dig his way out. Local police are reportedly conducting an investigation.

Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said, “We are shocked and concerned by these reports concerning the death of Ding Cuimei in Henan Province in connection with the demolition of her church, and the disappearance of Catholic clergy in Hebei and Fujian. The enforced disappearance of any citizen, including religious leaders, human rights lawyers, and petitioners, is incompatible with rule of law. We urge the authorities in Henan, Hebei and Fujian to investigate immediately and impartially these worrying reports, and to hold to account those responsible. We further call on the Chinese government to remove restrictions on the right to freedom of religion or belief for both registered and unregistered communities in China.”

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Kiri Kankhwende, Press Officer at Christian Solidarity Worldwide on +44 (0)20 8329 0045 / +44 (0) 78 2332 9663, email kiri@csw.org.uk or visit www.csw.org.uk.

prayer diary Tuesday 19 April 2016

'My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.' 
John 10. 27, 28

Reflection
Those who follow Christ have nothing to fear. For what they suffer in this world for the sake of the faith can only bring them closer to eternal life.

Monday, April 18, 2016

prayer diary Monday 18 April 2016

'I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.' 
John 10. 16

Reflection
Christ's word is for all the world. It is our work to ensure that all have a chance to hear his good news.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly

May my words be in the Name of Almighty God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Patience, as you all know is a virtue. And Jesus, therefore, being the perfect man and the exemplar of all virtues clearly had patience in abundance. But we can almost hear the exasperation in his voice in our Gospel reading today as he responds to those who ask whether he is the Messiah or not. How long will you keep us in suspense?' they say. 'If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ And Jesus answers them: I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe.'

The works of which he speaks are, of course, the miraculous signs that he has performed. So far in St John's Gospel he has transformed water into wine, fed many thousands with a few pieces of bread and fish, walked on water, and made the blind to see. And we know from the other Gospels that there were many other great miracles not recounted by St John: the calming of the storm, lepers cleansed, those who were lame being able to walk, those who were mute were able to speak, the deaf to hear, and many others healed of varying diseases. Even the dead were raised to life. So it is understandable if our Lord seems to have had enough of them when it comes to this topic. What more did they want? Were the miracles, combined with his words, not enough for them? How much plainer did he need to be? And in the face of their wilful obstinacy, what more would it take for them to believe?

The human ability to ignore what is right in front of us is wondrous indeed. And it is no less today than then; for we know that there are many who continue to refuse to believe in Jesus in spite of all the testimony, in spite of the powerful evidence that exists that he is, as he said, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. You will still find today, for example, those who deny that Jesus ever existed. Thankfully, there are very few of those as it is not a proposition that any respectable or responsible historian will give the slightest credit to. However there remain many who will try to assert that not only was he not God, he never claimed to be. Such a view is not sustainable, even from a very surface reading of the Gospels. In our Gospel reading today, which is quite a short passage, there are three examples of what can be termed claims of divinity.

The first is when he refers to those who believe in him and follow him as being his sheep. 'My sheep' he calls them, not once but twice. And in a biblical context when people are referred to metaphorically as sheep, the metaphorical shepherd is either the king or God. So to claim people as being his sheep is either a royal or divine claim. Now given that his questioners are asking him if he is the Messiah one might suppose this claim is somewhat ambiguous; perhaps he is doing no more than claiming to be a king. But I think in the context of the remainder of the passage it must be seen as a divine claim.

For Jesus goes on immediately after to to say that those who believe and follow him will never perish but he will give them eternal life. Now it is not in the power of a king to grant eternal life to anyone, not even himself. There is no person living who followed any human king who has been granted immortality as a result. No; there is only one person who can promise eternal life and that is God himself. But Jesus does make such a promise. And his language is quite unambiguous; he is not saying that he will do so as some kind of intermediary, that God has given to him the power to grant eternal life to those who will follow him. No, he says simply and directly 'I will give them eternal life.'

And if that were not enough, Jesus goes on to conclude his answer to them by saying 'The Father and I are One.' Now, just to be clear, the Father Jesus is speaking of here is God. And he is saying that he and God are one, unified, the same. And if any may try to argue that this can not be taken as divine claim, then it should be noted that the Jews of his time had no doubt that it was. It was one of the charges against him at his trial that claims such as this were blasphemous because he was making himself equal with God.

So there can be no serious argument that Jesus did not claim or considered himself to be divine. As to whether that claim was true, we need only look to the evidence of both the miracles, which he said proved who he said he was, and his Resurrection. And for those for whom that is not sufficient proof, I can only think of our Lord's own words: 'there are none so blind as those who will not see.'


But going back to my opening words, that patience is a virtue, I think there is something else very important for us to take away from this passage. Despite the wilful refusal of so many to believe in him, our Lord never gave up on them. This incident takes place relatively early in Christ's ministry. He was to carry on trying to bring his good news to such as these for quite a long time to come; and he did not cease until his death upon the Cross. And so therefore must we continue to try to bring the message of the Gospel to all, even those who do not want to hear it, as long as there is breath in our bodies. St Peter called Jesus' teaching 'the words of eternal life.' Christ came into the world that all might have life, and have it in abundance; how then can we who call ourselves his followers not share those words of eternal life with all, especially those who do not wish to hear? They are the ones who most need it. And so we must be patient with them, even as Christ was patient with those who would not believe in his day, working for their salvation and our own until the end of our days. Amen. 

Examin Sunday 17 April 2016

'Dearly beloved … I purpose, through God’s assistance, to administer to all such as shall be religiously and devoutly disposed the most comfortable Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ; to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion; whereby alone we obtain remission of our sins, and are made partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God our heavenly Father, for that he hath given his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, not only to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food and sustenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being so divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and so dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you in the mean season to consider the dignity of that holy mystery, and the great peril of the unworthy receiving thereof; and so to search and examine your own consciences … that ye may come holy and clean to such a heavenly Feast.' 
Exhortation One, Book of Common Prayer (2004) page 197

Saturday, April 16, 2016

prayer diary Saturday 16 April 2016

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ 
John 6. 60

Reflection:
With God's grace even hard teaching can be accepted. We must remember the words of St Peter to our Lord on this occasion: ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.'

Friday, April 15, 2016

prayer diary Friday 15 April 2016

So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.' 
John 6. 53

Reflection
Our Lord can put it no plainer than that – without the sacrament of his body and blood there can be no life in us. Pray for those who bar their own path to heaven by refusing to humbly come into his presence to partake of so heavenly a food.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

prayer diary Thursday 14 April 2016

'I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ 
John 6.51

Reflection
Again Christ teaches that eternal life depends on the bread of life. How eager then we should be to attend the sacred mysteries not only each Sunday, but on every occasion that we may in order to eat of that living and life-giving bread.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

prayer diary Wednesday 13 April 2016

'This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’ 
 John 6. 40

Reflection:
This is a hard saying for the modern ear, which has been infected with the false notion that truth is relative. But they are Christ's own words – eternal life is linked to belief in him.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

prayer diary Tuesday 12 April 2016

Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.' 
John 6. 35

Reflection
Those who partake of the bread of life are filled with the food that strengthens unto eternal life. Do not deny yourself this grace; for in the breaking of the bread you meet with Christ himself.

Monday, April 11, 2016

prayer diary Monday 11 April 2016

'Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.' 
John 6. 27 1.38

Reflection
The food of which Christ speaks is his own body given to us in the Holy Eucharist; and without this food there is no life in us. Therefore we must partake of it frequently and worthily.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

three reminders from our Lord

May my words be in the name of the Father, & of the Son, & of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Our Gospel reading today is most of the final chapter of St John's Gospel. It is sometimes called the second ending, because the evangelists seems to have concluded his account in the passage that proceeds it … and then he keeps going! We might also call this part of his Gospel the ending of reminders; for in it Jesus gives several reminders to his Apostles as to what it is that they should be doing.

The passage opens in Galilee. St Peter has said to the disciples 'I am going fishing.' So they get into the boat and they fish all night but they catch nothing. Then Jesus appears on the shore and tells them to cast their net to the right side of the boat. And suddenly it is so full they can not haul it it. And even though it is filled with large fish, the net does not break.

The scene reminds us, does it not, of when Christ first called the disciples? There they are in the boat, fishing without success; and there is Christ on the shore telling them to cast their net to the side once more; and then, miraculously, the net is full. They are in the boat, fishing again, seemingly thinking of going back to their old lives; and Jesus reminds them of that day long ago when he first called them. Unspoken is the implicit message of this reminder, the words he spoke to them when he first called them - 'I am calling you to be fishers of men.'

It is good for us also to be reminded that we, like they, are fishers of men. The disciples were discouraged because they did not, as yet, understand what the Resurrection really meant; and we too can easily become discouraged because the world hates the message of Christ – as it has done through the ages. But how can we abandon the task? It is the most important duty in the world – because it involves the salvation of souls. It does not matter that many of those we are called to save hate us. Did not Christ not tell us to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us? Therefore, we must heed Christ's reminder to remain persistent in being fishers of men.

The next segment in our reading reminds us that he does not leave us alone in this task. On the beach Christ is waiting for the men as they leave the boat. He has a fire burning; and has prepared for them a meal of bread and fish. And in these few words we are brought back to an earlier scene in the Gospel story, the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, where Christ fed a great multitude with only a few loaves and some fish. And in St John's Gospel these are our Lord's great discourses on how he is the Bread of Life, and how those who would have life in them must eat this bread. They are in other words Eucharistic; and Jesus, by way of this simple meal reminds them of Sacrament of the Eucharist, how at the Last Supper he told them that the bread was now his body, and the wine now his blood, and commanded them to do this in memory of him; he is reminding them how he will be with them always in the breaking of the bread, giving them life and grace and strength – not merely for the salvation of their own souls, but so that they can carry on with the mission he entrusted to them, of bringing all people to him.

Again, their reminder is ours. We too must partake frequently and worthily of the Eucharist if we are to have the grace and strength we need to live out God's commandments in our own lives – particularly the last one that Christ gave to his Apostles before his glorious Ascension, that of making disciples of all peoples, and baptising them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The final reminder comes in what is sometimes called Jesus' reinstatement of Peter. Three times Jesus asks Peter if he loves him; three times Peter replies that he does; and three times our Lord exhorts Peter to feed or tend his lambs and sheep. The three-fold questioning reminds us of Peter's three-fold denial of Christ during his Passion. But I do not think that we should think because of this that our Lord's words are directed solely to Peter. For Peter's leadership role among the Apostles can not be underestimated. They are there this day fishing because they followed Peter. And then there are the words of Christ to Peter even as he predicted his three-fold denial as recorded by St Luke: Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’ Peter here is being reinstated; our Lord's prediction that he would turn back to the way of the Gospel is coming true; and Peter now must strengthen his brother Apostles to feed and tend the flock of the Church. It is a pastoral charge; and therefore for those who follow Christ today it has particular relevance to those with pastoral duties, especially those among the clergy. But all of us have some pastoral role to play. We all of us, for example, are part of a family; and families are the basic unit of the Church. So parents have a pastoral role in the bringing up of the children in the faith – their children are the sheep they must feed and tend for the sake of their souls. And we all have friends and neighbours we are called to evangelise by the example of our own Holy Living and also, when necessary, by preaching the word of God to them directly.


So, we have three reminders from Christ himself of our duties as Christians this morning: that we are to be fishers of men; that we are to come together to share in the Eucharist and be strengthened by him in it; and to be faithful in our pastoral care of others according to the role we play within the Church. They are duties we should engage in with great joy; for by doing so we help not only to achieve our own salvation, but that of others. And so by doing so we go some small way towards imitating our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who so desired to save others that he became man and died for our sins. How happy we should be to have the privilege of following in his footsteps in our own poor and humble way. We know that the disciples he met on the beach that morning were soon to be filled with that joy – I pray that all here already are and always be. Amen. 

Examin Sunday 10 April 2016

Do not regard the feelings of a person who speaks to you about his neighbor disparagingly, but rather say to him: 'Stop, brother! I fall into graver sins every day, so how can I criticize him?'

 In this way you will achieve two things; you will heal yourself and your neighbor with one plaster. This is one of the shortest ways to the forgiveness of sins; I mean, not to judge. 

'Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.'

St John Climacus

Saturday, April 9, 2016

prayer diary Saturday 9 April 2016

They saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ 
John 6. 19,20

Reflection:
There are many things in this world that may trouble us. But as long as we remember that Christ is with us until the end of the ages we have nothing to fear.

Friday, April 8, 2016

prayer diary Friday 8 April 2016

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 
John 6. 15

Reflection
His kingdom was not of this world; it was on the cross that he would be glorified. And now that he has been glorified all who follow him may hope to share in that glory before the throne of heaven.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

prayer diary Thursday 7 April 2016

'Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.' 
John 3.36

Reflection
Those who refuse salvation risk damnation. But those who hear and obey the Son need not fear, for he has promised that such as they will be with him in paradise.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

prayer diary Wednesday 6 April 2016

'For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.' 
John 3. 20

Reflection:
Christ is the light of the world. And by that light the evil of all who hate him and his teachings are exposed.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

prayer diary Tuesday 5 April 2016

'And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.' 
John 3. 14,15

Reflection
It is through Christ's death and resurrection that we have the promise of eternal life. Thus we must never fail to proclaim that Christ was crucified for our sins – and is Risen!

Monday, April 4, 2016

prayer diary Monday 4 April 2016 (The Annunciation, transferred)

Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ 
Luke 1.38

Reflection
The example of the Blessed Virgin Mary to us is that of perfect obedience to God's will. Who knows what great things that the Lord may work in the world through us, if only we, like her, are humble enough to submit to what he asks of us?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Examin Low Sunday, 2nd of Easter, 3 April 2016

One of the great themes of Christ's post-Resurrection appearances was the urgency with which he again and again commanded his disciples to take his Gospel out into the world, to share it with other that they might know his call to repentance and forgiveness of sins. It is not, therefore, something we can choose to ignore if we are to be faithful followers of our Lord. It imposes a great duty on us then: first, learn well his teachings and take them into our hearts; next to ensure that those around us with whom we share in the breaking of the bread are equally well versed in the sound doctrine that has been entrusted to us; and finally to go out and share his good news with all the world.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

prayer diary Saturday in the Octave of Easter, 2 April 2016

And Jesus said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 
Mark 15. 15

Reflection:
Again and again after he rose from the dead Jesus commands his disciples to share his Gospel with all the world. And filled with the joy of his Resurrection, how can we not but obey and share our joy with all we meet?

Friday, April 1, 2016

prayer diary Friday in the Octave of Easter, 1 April 2016

Jesus said to them‘ ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 
John 21.6

Reflection
Jesus after his Resurrection reminded his disciples of when he first called them and that they were to be fishers of men. We who follow in their footsteps today must never forget our own calling to be fishers of men and work for the salvation of souls.