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Sunday’s readings

Readings: St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Why did Jesus have to challenge Matthew to follow him? What stopped Matthew's coming to Jesus of his own accord, like the other people in the stories surrounding his encounter with Jesus? What stops us from following Jesus? If we ask ourselves what or who is the hardest thing that God could ask us to give up, we might find the answer

Readings: Holy Cross Day

THIS Sunday, Holy Cross Day, commemorates the dedication, in 335, of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which was built over the supposed site of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus

Readings: 12th Sunday after Trinity

This week, there is a particularly happy coincidence of the readings and the collect, which is a paean of God's excesses: more ready to hear than we to pray; giving more than we desire or deserve, abundance of mercy, good things that we are not worthy to ask

Readings: 11th Sunday after Trinity

In July, in the build-up to the beginning of the four-year commemoration of the First World War, we held a study morning at Durham Cathedral on Hensley Henson, the Dean of Durham during that wa

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?

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