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Sunday 28 October

The Value of One
Ordinary Sunday 30 (B)
Mark 10:46-52

Jesus is leaving Jericho and is heading to Jerusalem … to the cross. He’s focused on what lies ahead. As was the custom with any distinguished rabbi, Jesus teaches as he walks along, and so listeners surround him. Among them are his close disciples, but also many others. Some are pilgrims, also travelling to Jerusalem for Passover; others may simply be learners, intrigued by his teaching...

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Sunday 21 October

‘You're gonna have to serve somebody’
OS 29 (B)
Mark 10:35-45

In the Gospel reading Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem … translated, he’s headed for the cross. By now we might imagine that the disciples would have begun to understand what awaited Jesus in Jerusalem, after all, in Mark’s Gospel, this is the third time he’s told them what will happen up there: “The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.” … But no, the disciples don’t get what Jesus is on about, and what’s being asked of them. On a number of occasions Jesus says: “Do you not understand?” …”Don’t you guys get it yet?” But before we condemn the disciples as being rather dim-witted, let’s see their denseness as encouraging. After all, we struggle, don’t we, to grasp the implications of the gospel … to live out a life of discipleship … to understand what Jesus is asking of us.  And yet, Jesus used these people, as he uses us, to be his instruments in bringing about the reign of God...

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Sunday 14 October

A presence in absence
OS 28 (B)
Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Where is God? Apparently absent. “If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.”  Job longs to find God, to appear before God, to present his case, and to hear God’s answers. But finding God is the problem. God is nowhere to be seen – nowhere to be found...

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Sunday 7 October

The Blessing of the Animals – Lessons from ‘Ewok’

His name is Pericles (because Persian cats fit classical names), though he’s known in the family as Ewok (because that’s what he looks like). He’s turns seven this month, and he and I have a rather special bond. In fact, from time to time, my wife has to remind me that I’m the human and he’s the animal. Well, the other night, as he often does, Ewok jumped up onto the bed, climbed onto my chest and waited for me to give him a cuddle. As he lay there, I wondered: why is Ewok, or for that matter any pet, so very special? As I thought about it, I realised that this bundle of fur reminds me of how it can be with God...

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Sunday 7 October

Tough questions
OS 27 (B)
Job 1:1; 2:1-10 & Mark 10:2-16

‘There once was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job.’ So begins a very powerful story – powerful, because Job’s story is our story and the questions that Job asks, may be our questions – powerful, because there’s no escape into easy answers, no evading of the tough aspects of human existence...

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