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Sunday’s readings

Readings: St Bartholomew the Apostle

The collect, forced to be general in its description of Bartholomew, is nevertheless penetrating, as it recalls the grace given to him truly to believe and preach God's word. That took courage, even for a man without deceit. He was, in Isaiah's words, one of God's witnesses.

Readings: 9th Sunday after Trinity

This is the only recorded time which someone took Jesus to task and emerged victorious. That person was neither a disciple nor a Jew, but a Gentile woman. In that social climate, she was a classic example of Isaiah's outcasts. Our inclusion in the Church is a product of this encounter.

Readings: 8th Sunday after Trinity

"WHAT are you doing here, Elijah?" is one of the most profound and penetrating questions in the Old Testament

Readings: 7th Sunday after Trinity

DO WE think of Jesus having a row? He needed space to grieve over the execution of his cousin, but the crowds would not leave him alone, and compassion got the better of him

Readings: 6th Sunday after Trinity

Continuing his line of thought from last week's reading, Paul has entered the courtroom

Readings: 6th Sunday after Trinity

Similarly, Jesus assures us that, even when we cannot see it, God's Kingdom is steadily growing, as from a tiny mustard seed. Christians live by faith and not by sight. Equally, yeast works unseen to make bread happen. Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to the yeast rather than the bread, thus making God's Kingdom the invisible catalyst for growth rather than the finished product. That is dynamic.

Readings: 5th Sunday after Trinity

Jesus spoke, memorably, of the stones crying out (groaning in labour pains and hope?) if people were silent when the Messiah came bringing redemption. Can we hear the cries of the ravaged earth and the people who suffer on it? Do we respond with action?

Readings: 4th Sunday after Trinity

Rosalind Brown: If the parable of the sower is about nothing else - and it is about other things, too, as Jesus explained - it is about the need for disciples to probe what God is saying in the midst of ordinariness.

Readings: 3rd Sunday after Trinity

Why come? So that Jesus can give rest. But Jesus says more: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me." Rest is part of what Jesus offers people who come to him, but so, too, is the opportunity to keep in step and learn from him.

Readings: St Peter and St Paul

I WONDER what Peter and Paul would have thought in their lifetimes about ending up as saintly bedfellows in the church calendar. Perhaps both of them would be bemused, but, I like to think, in their better moments, they would have laughed uproariously.

Readings: 1st Sunday after Trinity

There are many Jeremiahs in the world - people for whom, in their loneliness and desperation, God appears at best untrustworthy, seeming to play with their lives and holding them of no account; at worst, letting people abuse them.

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