Mark 10: 46 – 52 Blind Bartimaeus receives his sight

Mark 10: 46 – 52 Blind Bartimaeus receives his sight Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means ‘son of Timaeus’), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he beganContinue reading “Mark 10: 46 – 52 Blind Bartimaeus receives his sight”

Mark 10: 35 – 45 The request of James and John

Mark 10: 35 – 45 The request of James and John Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we want you to do for us whatever we ask.’ ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he asked. They replied, ‘Let one of us sit at yourContinue reading “Mark 10: 35 – 45 The request of James and John”

Mark 10: 13 – 16 The little children and Jesus

Mark 10: 13 – 16 The little children and Jesus People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for theContinue reading “Mark 10: 13 – 16 The little children and Jesus”

Mark 9: 42 – 50 Causing to stumble

Mark 9: 42 – 50 Causing to stumble ‘If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in me – to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung round their neck and they were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cutContinue reading “Mark 9: 42 – 50 Causing to stumble”

Mark 9: 14 – 29 Jesus heals a boy possessed by an impure spirit

Mark 9: 14 – 29 Jesus heals a boy possessed by an impure spirit When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.Continue reading “Mark 9: 14 – 29 Jesus heals a boy possessed by an impure spirit”

Mark 8: 34 – 38, 9:1 The way of the cross

Mark 8: 34 – 38, 9:1 The way of the cross Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses theirContinue reading “Mark 8: 34 – 38, 9:1 The way of the cross”

Mark 8: 27 – 30 Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah

Mark 8: 27 – 30 Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, ‘Who do people say I am?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ ‘But whatContinue reading “Mark 8: 27 – 30 Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah”

Mark 7: 31 – 37 Jesus heals a deaf and mute man

Mark 7: 31 – 37 Jesus heals a deaf and mute man Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged JesusContinue reading “Mark 7: 31 – 37 Jesus heals a deaf and mute man”

1 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 16 Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica

1 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 16 Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face ofContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 16 Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica”

Reflections on Acts – Part 3

Reflections on Acts – part 3 The passages covered in these reflections describe the way in which the Holy Spirit worked within the early church. They suggest how the church today could be renewed by God. Note, though – and it’s important – St Luke, when he wrote the words in the Acts of theContinue reading “Reflections on Acts – Part 3”