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Reflecting on The Commandments

This is the other half of the reflection for the beginning of Lent, that we didn’t use last week.

Read The Commandments slowly and prayerfully and then listen to the reflection

Exodus 20:1-17

The Ten Commandments

20  God spoke, and these were his words:  “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves.

 “Worship no god but me.

“Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation.  But I show my love to thousands of generations a]”>[ a ] of those who love me and obey my laws.

“Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I, the Lord your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name.

“Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. You have six days in which to do your work, 10  but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work — neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. eleven In six days I, the Lord , made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the Lord , blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.

12 “Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you.

13 “Do not commit murder.

14 “Do not commit adultery.

fifteen “Do not steal.

16 “Do not accuse anyone falsely.

17 “Do not desire another man’s house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns. ”

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Voices Through Holy Week and Easter

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I’m sad to say that nothing new is likely to be posted on this blog for the foreseeable future, but just to let you know that Voices Through Holy Week and Easter is now available.  This is a collection of work I’ve produced over the years, now available in this booklet form.

It is an ideal resource for Easter, covering bible passage from Palm Sunday to The Resurrection from all four gospels.  In each passage we hear the voice of the character questioning, exploring, finding the truth – in themselves and Jesus, ultimately leading to the question ‘What about me?’

Available from Moorleys or contact me on voicesthrough@outlook.com. Price £4.50 + postage

Thank you again to everyone for your support – for this blog and for these two booklets which seem to have rounded off the work of the blog over the years.

Why Aren’t You?

by Michal Maňas

Pot hole patching has become a topic of much discussion.  Recent harsh winters have done their damage to the roads and created pot holes, which have become dangerous and in need of repair.  The problem with patching in anything though is that usually a different material is used, which has different properties of expansion, stretch and wearability.  Eventually, you can only patch up so many potholes, before the whole street needs resurfacing.

The same, Jesus says is true of lives.  You can do so much patching up, but eventually you have to consider a new start:

People Ask about Going without Eating

18The followers of John the Baptist and the Pharisees often went without eating. Some people came and asked Jesus, “Why do the followers of John and those of the Pharisees often go without eating, while your disciples never do?”

19Jesus answered:

The friends of a bridegroom don’t go without eating while he is still with them. 20But the time will come when he will be taken from them. Then they will go without eating.

21No one patches old clothes by sewing on a piece of new cloth. The new piece would shrink and tear a bigger hole.

22No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The wine would swell and burst the old skins.  Then the wine would be lost, and the skins would be ruined. New wine must be put into new wineskins.

The Pharisees are again watching Jesus.  Everyone else is fasting (Tom explains why on p 18-19), but Jesus and his disciples are not.  They have something to celebrate.  The sadness of the past, the reason for the fast has gone, because God, in Jesus, is here and is making new what had gone wrong before.

But what gets me is the Pharisees constant fascination with what Jesus and his disciples are or aren’t doing.  They are again MISSING THE POINT.  They are so bothered about what Jesus is doing that they never really hear or understand what he is saying.

In concentrating on their concerns for the behaviour of other people, they are missing the opportunity to look at their own lives. To consider if they are new wine skins or old -whether they are ready to be filled with the new wine God is pouring out.

By Ardo Beltz, via Wikimedia Commons

God is doing a new thing – are we ready to be part of it – or too busy judging whether others are?

Lent continues to give us the opportunity to look at ourselves and consider.  Will we take it?

Forgive me Lord,

those times when I look around at what others are doing

and not into my own heart and life;

when I judge the actions of others

without thinking of my actions.

As we journey through Lent,

my I concentrate on myself

and my relationship with you,

that I may be ready

when you pour your new wine

This year, I am again following the Big Read using Tom Wright’s Lent for Everyone – Mark.  I’ll reflect here – if you’re following it too, or even if you’re not, please share with me.