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Listing August - 2014
 
  Sunday
Aug-31
Thought is by Triona Doherty

What would an advertisement for Christianity look like? If you had to design an ad to sum up your faith, what would you include? On the one hand we are called to be joyful - to sing, shout, clap our hands and rejoice! But faith is not always so straightforward. There are many obstacles and temptations, and sometimes we are afraid to stand up for what we believe in. And then there's today's Gospel, which speaks of suffering, and tells us that following Jesus involves taking up our cross. How do we make sense of all this in the context of our faith journey?

The good news is we are not alone in our struggles. In today's First Reading, Jeremiah struggles with his faith in one of his many 'laments'. His faith has caused him to be a laughing stock. He feels conflicted; although his faith is inviting insult and derision, it is also a fire burning in his heart. In spite of people's hostile reactions, he has been 'seduced' by God, and he cannot but speak out. Is this how we feel about our faith? Is it like a fire burning within us, in our very bones, or are we lukewarm in our commitment? Following Jesus is a radical choice, now more than ever perhaps. Today's readings teach us to be less concerned with what people think, and more concerned with living according to Jesus' teachings - however others may react.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Aug-30
Thought For The Week

'God gives every bird its food, but does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland

As we move into the last week of August we see a lot more wasps. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and are so annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category. The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from the flowers and at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuschia flowers. For every drop of honey they make they have to collect 80 drops of nectar. They have worked it out that to make a jar of honey the bees will have to visit two million flowers! There is an old saying that says 'There are no results without effort' and the honeybee knows this only too well.

Jesus in our Gospels also talks about no results without effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. We will be exposed to difficulties, setbacks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. Jesus calls them a cross but assures us that whatever our cross, he will be there to help us carry it, whatever it might be.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Aug-28
Thought For The Week

'God gives every bird its food, but does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland

As we move into the last week of August we see a lot more wasps. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and are so annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category. The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from the flowers and at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuschia flowers. For every drop of honey they make they have to collect 80 drops of nectar. They have worked it out that to make a jar of honey the bees will have to visit two million flowers! There is an old saying that says 'There are no results without effort' and the honeybee knows this only too well.

Jesus in our Gospels also talks about no results without effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. We will be exposed to difficulties, setbacks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. Jesus calls them a cross but assures us that whatever our cross, he will be there to help us carry it, whatever it might be.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Aug-27
Thought For The Week

'God gives every bird its food, but does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland

As we move into the last week of August we see a lot more wasps. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and are so annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category. The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from the flowers and at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuschia flowers. For every drop of honey they make they have to collect 80 drops of nectar. They have worked it out that to make a jar of honey the bees will have to visit two million flowers! There is an old saying that says 'There are no results without effort' and the honeybee knows this only too well.

Jesus in our Gospels also talks about no results without effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. We will be exposed to difficulties, setbacks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. Jesus calls them a cross but assures us that whatever our cross, he will be there to help us carry it, whatever it might be.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Aug-26
Thought For The Week

'God gives every bird its food, but does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland

As we move into the last week of August we see a lot more wasps. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and are so annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category. The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from the flowers and at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuschia flowers. For every drop of honey they make they have to collect 80 drops of nectar. They have worked it out that to make a jar of honey the bees will have to visit two million flowers! There is an old saying that says 'There are no results without effort' and the honeybee knows this only too well.

Jesus in our Gospels also talks about no results without effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. We will be exposed to difficulties, setbacks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. Jesus calls them a cross but assures us that whatever our cross, he will be there to help us carry it, whatever it might be.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Aug-25
'God gives every bird its food, but does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland

As we move into the last week of August we see a lot more wasps. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and are so annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category. The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from the flowers and at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuschia flowers. For every drop of honey they make they have to collect 80 drops of nectar. They have worked it out that to make a jar of honey the bees will have to visit two million flowers! There is an old saying that says 'There are no results without effort' and the honeybee knows this only too well.

Jesus in our Gospels also talks about no results without effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. We will be exposed to difficulties, setbacks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. Jesus calls them a cross but assures us that whatever our cross, he will be there to help us carry it, whatever it might be.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Aug-24
 
 
 
  Saturday
Aug-23
 
 
 
  Friday
Aug-22
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Aug-20
 
 

 

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