Thursday Reflections

Slowness

The metaphor of life as a journey continues to be an important one to me. One of the most engaging pieces I have read on this theme is an interview with Alastair Humphrey’s a British traveller and dad! The whole interview can be read at

Alastair Humphreys On Traveling The World At 10 mph, Microadventures, And Not Quitting

However the section I like most is transcribed below. It reminds us of the importance of engaging with the speed at which we travel. If we want to belong in the places we travel through we need to ‘slow down’! The mission of the disciples .. our mission .. to go into the world requires that we make this journey through life in a particular way. What follows is food for thought this morning! Continue reading “Slowness”

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Built on Rock

In a conversation recorded in Matthew Chapter 7 Jesus tells his disciples a story of a man who built his house on rock. We know the rest of the story and the implied wisdom of building on a foundation that is solid and will withstand the storms of life. Elsewhere Jesus tells us He is the rock on which we can build.

Below is a slideshow of some images of rock. The photographer Marian Kraus took them as an ode to the ancient wisdom and symbolism of rock and stones. As you look through the images I invite you to reflect on her observations abbreviated here:

‘Whether dense, heavy boulders, chiseled to size, which become the foundation stones of great architectural structures. Or large slabs, intricately designed, becoming altars. Or the Statues of Easter Island, 887 stone heads embodying great clan ancestors, surely our forebears must have labored endlessly to achieve such lasting feats. It’s not hard to understand why stone was so often chosen for these endeavors, the symbolism of stones was known to the ancients. It is a material of integrity, it patiently bears loads, and its sturdy make up allows it to weather well. To this day, 887 heads still gaze out over the land of their clans, and serve as architectural masterpieces of power and permanence.

The longevity of structures made of rock and stone often means that they are associated with the divine and the eternal. In the Christian church we hear a congregation belting out “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand”.  Or you might hear a sermon on “The Rock of Ages,” the God of eternity who is the beginning and the end. The Church is joyfully proclaiming the metaphor of a reliable God.  It seems only natural to associate God with a substance that is so permanent; a substance that endures age through age’.

And so it is clear that Christ in this conversation with those who would follow him encourages us to build with good things like love, patience, compassion and hard work, and in doing so, we build on the dame stuff as these steadfast rocks and stones that have seen it all and remain standing.

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Thursday Reflections

How do we listen?

This morning’s text is Matthew 5 v 20-26 if you want to look i up in your Bible. It comes from the Sermon on the Mount which is considered to be Jesus’ most important sermon to His followers. The sermon has been called a manifesto, a handbook for Christian living , a mission statement …. what I want to reflect on this morning however is not what Jesus is saying but how we are listening!

This is perhaps more important to any manifesto or mission statement than it’s content. How are the listeners engaging with this statement of intent? In order to help us reflect on  below is a slideshow of various pieces of art which I invite you to consider around the theme of the crowds and how they are listening.

s you view it ask yourself .. how do I listen to Jesus’ message in my life?

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Thursday Reflections

Between Ascension and Pentecost

Dear Friends,

We are in the time between Ascension and Pentecost when the disciples were gathered in an upper room of a house in Jerusalem wondering what would happen next. Perhaps we can understand this better than ever this year. Waiting, wondering, worrying! The Bible text today brings some comfort in these troubled times and thoughts! I attach a link to the reading with a brief reflection and the words of the Jesuit Community prayer for today.

John 17_20-26