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Ray's Blog: April 2020

No Retreats? On-line Resources Emerge

 

On Tuesday we completed a four-week Zoom course on soul friendship for both a morning and evening group. It was led by Scott Brennan, Simon Reed and myself. Our final discussion was ‘What next?’  Two things were pointed out.

 

1) For a thousand years soul friendship has barely figured in...

Posted at 09:57am on 24th April 2020

Heaven's Flavours During Isolated Days

 Isolation can become one long, sterile yawn or it can become a glorious procession of heavenly flavours. During these weeks after Easter we can look with fresh 'resurrection eyes' upon familiar life.  Sally has been my sister for a life-time, but only yesterday did she tell me that for her...

Posted at 11:47am on 16th April 2020

Easter Sunday

May the candles we light this Easter Sunday help us to know that light is stronger than darkness, goodness is stronger than evil, and life is stronger than death. Alleluia! #EasterDay

Posted at 08:30am on 12th April 2020

Easter Eve

EASTER EVE – THE DAY OF MOURNING AND FORGIVENESS

 Today a grave holds him who holds creation in his hand. A gravestone covers him who covers the heavens with glory. Life sleeps. Hell trembles. The human race waits with bated breath.

We have been buried with Christ through baptism. In faith we...

Posted at 09:45am on 11th April 2020

Good Friday

 

FRIDAY OF HOLY WEEK – JESUS DIES ON A CROSS

 

During the hours he hung in agony he uttered seven sentences at intervals:

Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.

I thirst! John 19:28
Truly, I say to you, today you will be with...

Posted at 22:01pm on 9th April 2020

Thursday In Holy Week

 

In order for there to be good beginnings there have to be good departings. On his last full day on earth Jesus gives love. He gives it exquisitely. In his tiredness he washes the tired feet of faithful friends. In his generosity he gives bread to his betrayer. In...

Posted at 09:38am on 9th April 2020

Wednesday In Holy Week

 

WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK: JESUS IS NURTURED AT BETHANY

 

WEDNESAY IN HOLY WEEK

 

Although Jesus gave and gave, he was human.  Humans, like the Three Loves in God’s heart, need to receive as well as to give nurture. So the fourth day in Jesus’ last week was...

Posted at 09:21am on 8th April 2020

Tuesday In Holy Week

 

In 1994, nineteen famous preachers were invited to contribute to a book entitled If I Had Only One Sermon to Preach. That concentrated their minds. Imminent death also concentrates the mind. Tuesday in Holy Week was the last whole day of teaching that Jesus gave. Each thing he said,...

Posted at 09:22am on 7th April 2020

Monday In Holy Week

 

An extract for Monday in Holy Week from my book Reflective Services for Lent:

 

On Monday Christ throws out the money-seeking money-changers from the temple:

 

 

 

 

 

In answer to the question, ‘What was it that made Jesus so angry?’, most scholars agree that it was not financial extortion, it was...

Posted at 09:35am on 6th April 2020

What Is God Saying Through This Pandemic?

 What is God saying to the world through the Corona pandemic? ‘Creation sings and its time to listen’ says Paul Gutteridge of Initiatives of Change. His friends and colleagues tell how they receive fresh insights as they garden, and others comment on how, now human frenetic activity is stilled, they...

Posted at 10:23am on 3rd April 2020
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