St John & St Mark Church Bury
To know, grow and show the love of God
One commentator described today’s Gospel in Mark as “Jesus with his compassion down”. Perhaps we might call it: “Small crumbs of comfort”.
‘And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.’
Cohen said: “But there are moments when we can reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by ‘Hallelujah.’”
I’m going to try and keep you awake. If I say: ‘bread from heaven’ you reply: ‘feed me now and evermore’. You get bonus point for singing.
Are you now, or have you ever been, an embarrassing parent? Do your saintly children have a ‘Ready-Brek’ aura around them?
Jesus is telling us that we must also come aside and rest awhile. To slow down and pay attention to our own hearts, our own movements.
So, next time that you’re interrupted… just pause a second… before you decide what to do next. Pause before you decide how to respond.
We need a nudge to remember that there are other people in other boats out there when we’re in a storm – and Jesus calms it for them too.
How different would things have been if the church had taken the towel and the bowl from the foot washing as its sign rather than the cross?
This week it’s a vine, branches – and an Ethiopian in a chariot. We’re still in Easter Season and still getting a sense of who this Jesus is.
In the Wilderness, God showed up – and if he didn’t, the people perished. But people soon forget. They did then – and we do now.
There’s a theme today of listening for the shepherd’s voice… the nearest most of us get are woolly jumpers, shepherd’s pie and Countryfile.
Is your least favourite time of the church year Maundy Thursday? And for no other reason than because it’s the ‘Washing of Feet Day’?
Did you notice something un-expected in our Gospel reading today from Mark? Frankly, Jesus acts like he’s a day-tripping tourist.
Jeremiah isn’t often known for hope and consolation. Indeed he has a reputation for being a miserable so-and-so, mournful and sorrowful.
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