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Gospel Encouragement – Sunday 2nd May 2021 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Dear sisters and brothers, As I read today’s readings two images struck me, one more obvious than the other.  Both are linked by our second reading:  Jesus’ command to love. The first image was of St Stephen handing on his ministry to St Paul, or Saul as he is still known in today’s first reading: his name change hasn’t happened
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Message of Pope Francis for Vocations Sunday

http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/vocations/documents/papa-francesco_20210319_58-messaggio-giornata-mondiale-vocazioni.html

Gospel Encouragement – Sunday 25th April 2021 – Good Shepherd Sunday

Dear sisters and brothers, When I was part of the parish mission team with Sion Community I would regularly give input on the love of God the Father.  As part of what I preached I would often share a video about committed Christians, Dick and Rick Hoyt.  Dick sadly passed away just last month, but as Rick’s father he showed
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Gospel Encouragement – Sunday 18th April 2021 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Dear sisters and brothers, In these last few weeks we have seen a few more funerals than normal here at St Martin’s, at least in the 2.5 years that I’ve been here, and, of course, this weekend we’ve had the funeral of Prince Philip as well.  Preaching at all these – except Prince Philip’s of course – has focused my
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Gospel Encouragement – Divine Mercy Sunday – 12th April 2021

Dear sisters and brothers, Greetings on this feast of the Divine Mercy. This Lent my father decided to do something constructive spiritually, rather than give something up, so he set himself the challenge of reading the Gospel of Luke.  Well, that proved way too easy and before he knew it he’d read through the Acts of the Apostles and, even
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Easter Sunday Gospel Encouragement

Dear sisters and brothers, In several courses and conversations that I’ve been involved in recently I’ve been challenged to think in a different way.  We often think about what we are doing, but the challenge came to me to think about why we are doing those things.  And that question applies to our faith as well. To a certain degree
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Gospel Encouragement – Passion/Palm Sunday

Dear sisters and brothers, This Sunday’s feast can be referred to as either Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday.  The term Palm Sunday, in a sense, looks back, whilst Passion Sunday looks ahead. We look back to the amazing ministry of Jesus that led many to believe that he was and is the Messiah, and ahead to the fulfilment of what
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National Day Of Reflection

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Gospel Encouragement – 14th March 2021 – 4th Sunday of Lent

Dear sisters and brothers, When I was growing up there were times when I would lie to get my own way.  Maybe we all did at some point.  At least, I hope it wasn’t just me.  My parents and my teachers imposed discipline on me, both for my own safety and so that I would learn right from wrong; I
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Gospel Encouragement – 6th March 2021 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Dear sisters and brothers, As we reflect on this Sunday’s readings, the central theme that seems to emerge is the reminder from the psalm: “you, Lord, have the message of eternal life.” And, if we take that phrase seriously, we have to ask ourselves the question: do I really believe that God has the message of eternal life?  Do I
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