Gospel - Matthew 9: 35 -10:8 Once again, a personal reflection, which I share with you. In our Gospel this week, we are told that Jesus had compassion on the crowds (Matt 9:36), because the people were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Friday this coming week sees the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with its emphasis on the Divine Compassion.
Actually, the Gospel words ‘had compassion’ don’t quite convey the full message. Closer to a contemporary under
Today I share with you what is most definitely a personal reflection. Please read it in that light! When I was a school chaplain I remember walking with the Head through the school during holiday time. He paused for a moment and said “Aren't schools wonderful without the children!“ He didn’t mean it of course, he was one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever known, - but we all know what he meant.
I count myself so fortunate. Unlike almost all of you I have been able t
Each week as I have published this ‘though for the week’ I have included one or more images, usually photographs taken of windows or other objects taken inside St. Stephen’s church. I have done this to both illustrate a point for example the Cross on Good Friday, and to (re)connect people, especially members of the congregation to our building, worship and community.
For this Trinity Sunday, in one respect I have failed in this endeavour. In St. Stephen’s th