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Reflecting on Next Week’s Gospel Reading


Below you will find the Gospel reading for Sunday 18th August.  We invite you to take some time to reflect on the reading and consider what God might be saying to you… 

  • Find yourself a quality moment, not always easy!
  • Pray for God to speak to you through the reading.
  • Read it once and underline a word or sentence that strikes you
  • Read it again and ask yourself what God might be saying to you
  • Read it once more and ask what God might be saying to Pip and Jim’s
  • Finish with a prayer

Luke 12. 49-56

‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptised, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided:

father against son
and son against father,
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’

He also said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, “It is going to rain”; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, “There will be scorching heat”; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Continue the conversation with friends and family during the week and at Church next Sunday!

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