“Live is His Meaning!”

A Reflection on Psalm 50.1-7 by Canon Rob, 7th August, 8th Sunday after Trinity In his book, “Praying with the Psalms,” Walter Brueggemann reminds his readers that the Book of Common Prayer encourages us to pray together, “for all sorts and conditions of men (and women.)”  He adds, “we are able to pray for others …

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Variations on a theme

A Reflection on Psalm 15 by Canon Rob, 17th July, the 5th Sunday after Trinity You will probably know that there are several translations of the Bible, from the Kings James version with its very beautiful but old English to the New Revised Standard Version published, I think, in 1989 and the one we use …

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The Feast of St Thomas

A Reflection on Psalm 31.1-6 by Canon Rob, 3rd July Today’s Gospel reading tells of the incident, a week after Jesus’ resurrection, when Thomas-who had previously doubted that his Master was alive again-had his faith restored. In this picture, by Caravaggio, we see the moment when Jesus invites Thomas to reach out and touch the …

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The Power of the Dog!

A Reflection on Psalm 22.19-28 by Canon Rob, 19th June: Trinity 1  The mood seems to have changed from our celebrations of Easter to tragedy through the verses of this psalm! Psalm 22 (which is just one of those set for today) is perhaps best known for its opening words which Jesus cried from the …

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Celebrating Harmony

A Reflection on Psalm 148 verses 1 – 6 by Canon Rob for 15th May Still in the Christian season of Easter, today’s psalm continues the theme of praise for the love of God made known in and through His Son Jesus, who is alive and present in our daily lives. Of course such an …

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Being Alive

A Reflection on Psalm 118 verses 14-24 by Canon Rob, Easter Day When asked how he felt, having recovered from a heart attack, the patient replied, “I’m glad to be here,” and that would probably be a common response because, unless we are clinically depressed or suicidal, we cling on to life. “I’m glad to …

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“Back to Square One?”

A Reflection on Psalm 126 by Canon Rob, 3rd April Think back, if you can, to a time when everything seemed to go wrong and you felt as if this bad time would never end. Then it does. Life gets “back to normal” and you find yourself saying, “Thank the Lord!” and breath a sigh …

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The importance of holding a hand

A Reflection on Psalm 63.1-9 by Canon Rob, 20th March One of the hardest things about being in lock-down was not being able to embrace someone we love unless they were in “our bubble.” Undoubtedly this was most painful for those who were unable to visit a loved-one who was dying in hospital. “I couldn’t …

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