Much of the Church year is taken up with the life of Christ: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. The rest of the year is called ‘Ordinary Time’. Despite not having any particular theme, Ordinary Time is far from dull or empty. This is the time when we try to put into action in our lives what we have seen in the seasons of the year: a time full, not of great events, but of steady growth. The high altar frontal and vestments are now green. This is the colour of the natural world around us, which, unlike the grey of concrete, is constantly growing and alive. So the Church is never still, but always growing in breadth of understanding, strength of faith, and depth of love. It is in the ordinary times of life that our faith becomes real, as we allow it to saturate every part of our lives. Green surrounds us as soon as we step outside, and in Ordinary Time we discover that God surrounds us too. He is present, not just at the great feasts and special seasons, but everywhere and at every time. This means that God’s presence is not rare and surprising, but constant and ordinary. Or perhaps it means that the ordinary times are made special, because God is in them.
Sunday 4th October- Harvest festival, is here.
Sunday 27th September is here.
Sunday 20th September is here.
Sunday 13th September is here.
Sunday 6th September is here.
Sunday 26th July is here.
The meditations on the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus are ‘I am the good shepherd‘, ‘I am the bread of life‘, ‘I am the light of the world‘, ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life‘, ‘I am the vine‘, ‘I am the resurrection and the life‘.
The Easter Meditations on John chapters 15-17: Easter Monday: John 15:8-11 on joy, Easter Tuesday: John 16:5-11 on change. Wednesday: John 16:13-15 on prayer and pain, Thursday 16th April, John 17:20-24.
Meditations from the start of John’s Gospel:
John 2:1-11, trust. John 2:13-22, making space for God. John 2:23-25, God knows us. John 3:1-10, on knowledge and understanding. John 3:11-16, trust. John 3:17-21, judgement. John 3:22-24, on Christ’s presence. John 3:25-30, on empathy. John 4:1-6, on weariness. John 4:7-15, on openness to God. John 4:16-24, on the whole truth. John 4:25-27, on the ruler of all things. John 4:27-30, He knows us. John 4:31-34, on what feeds us. John 4:35-37, on sowing and reaping. John 4:39-42, on trust. John 4:46-50, on love. John 4:50-54, on trusting those we love to Christ. John 5:2-9. How Christ is close at hand. John 5:9-13, on priorities. John 5:14-18, on holiness. John 5:19-24, From what we can see, to what is beyond our imagining. John 5:25-30, on life. John 5:31-38, on belief. John 5:36-47, on scripture.
John 6:1-15, on sitting down and receiving. John 6:16-21, on trust and the voice of God. John 6:22-24, on giving thanks. John 6:25-35, on the works of God. John 6:35-40, on the will of God. John 6:41-51, on being taught by God. John 6:52-59, on the Bread of life. John 6:60-71 on difficult teaching. John 7:1-13, on trust. John 7:14-18 on God, good and stained glass windows. John 7:19-24, on rules and truth. John 7:25-31, the familiar face of God. John 7:32-39, on thirst and the Spirit. John 7:40-52, on knowledge and truth. John 8:1-11, on judgement. John 8:12-20, on knowing ourselves. John 8:21-30, on what we do not know. John 8:31-38, on truth and freedom. John 8:39-59, on pride. John 9:1-12, on being blind. John 9:13-34, on thinking. John 9:35-41, on faith. John 10:1-6, on sheep and shepherds. John 10:7-10, on life. John 10:11-18, on value. John 10:19-30, on the familiar voice of God. John 10:31-39, on knowing yourself.
John 11:1-16, on how God knows you. John 11:17-27, on peace and generosity. John 11:28-37, on knowing and trusting. John 11:38-44, on death and life. John 11:45-53, on the weight of the world. John 11:54-12:8, on unnecessary actions. John 12:9-19, why follow Christ? John 12: 20-26, courage and hope. John 12:27-36, walk in the light. John 12:36-43, on hard and soft hearts. John 12:44-50. Not judged but saved. John 13:1-11, on baptism and service. John 13:12-20. Being made servants. John 13:21-30, choosing light or darkness. John 14:1-7, trust. John 14:8-14, on being satisfied. John 14:15-24, on good and love. John 14:25-end, on peace.