Here is my last message for this year, a year that has challenged us in ways we could not have conceived a year ago. I am very conscious of how weary people are feeling, and hoping and praying that the year ahead will see a reprieve from the pandemic.
Welcome to December, to Advent and the Year of Mark, who is reminding us to be ever watchful for God in our lives.
Here we are at the beginning of November, celebrating All Saints Day and All Souls Day starting the month of the Holy Souls. Many of us automatically turn our thoughts to our forebears, the people of faith who have walked beside us, held us, taught us, nurtured us, influenced us, inspired us and shared and shaped our lives.
We are getting to the ‘sticky’ end of Matthew’s gospel in our Sunday readings, where the Pharisees and Sadducees are trying to trap Jesus, and once again this week they ask him about which is the greatest commandment of the Law.