Category: Lectionary Reflections

April – Christ’s love for the world and his followers

1 April Easter Sunday of the Resurrection: Acts 10: 34, 37-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-9 It may be baby’s first steps, a great advancement in science or even the...

March – Holy week draws closer

4 March  John 2:13-22  Each gospel in Lent brings us the good news but reminds us that grace can only come at a cost. A shadow falls in each episode pointing to...

February – Finding Jesus among us

4 February  Mark 1:29-39 St Mark launches us quickly into the busy life of “Jesus Christ, the Son of God”. In 45 verses Jesus appears, is baptised and blessed from...

The Holy Spirit of ‘otherness’

7 January • Mark 1:4-11 The difference between the baptism of John and the baptism of Jesus is quite something. John’s is a baptism of known quantities. Water is...

December – Expectation for earth-shattering news

As we move through the Advent readings, expectation and reflection on what it meant for the world to welcome a baby, born in a manger, and the disruptive message of love...

November – Adopting a sense of humility

November 5, 2017 Pentecost 22 Jos 3:7-17 / Ps 107:1-7, 33-37 1 / Thes 2:9-13 / Mt 23:1-12 This is the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost. Can you remember back to Pentecost...

October – Connecting to God’s love and grace

October 1 Exodus 17:1-7 / Psalms 78:1-4, 12-16 / Philippians :1-13 / Matthew 21:23-32 Two themes arise in the New Testament readings this week. In Philippians 2:12, Paul...

September: Living out the gospel, in all areas of life

September 3, Romans 12:9-21 This section of Romans focuses on a key set of values which, it is proposed, should form the centre of Christian action: love (12:9, 10),...

August: Jesus is Lord

August 6, Romans 9:1-5 This week’s passage is about privilege. Paul lists the set of privileges that his own people, the Jews, have enjoyed: adopted by God, in...

July: Ministering on the margins

2 July, Matthew 10:40-42 When we receive someone, we identify ourselves with them. This is a critical move — especially when we are identifying with a...