St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD


Reflecting on this Sunday’s Gospel Reading


Below you will find the Gospel reading for Sunday 26th January.  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.

Matthew 4. 12-23

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.’
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

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