Reflection – Rev Norman Harrison

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. Psalm 116:13
This Mosaic, made up from pieces of glass gathered from the beach close to my home when on Covid-19 Lock-Down walks, is a representation of the Cup of Salvation, or the cup used in the Sacrament of Communion – the Lord’s Supper.
What strikes me most is that those who partake in the Cup of Salvation at the Lord’s command, do so not as perfect souls worthy of partaking, but as a body, made up of broken pieces: broken through the trials and tribulations of life, through illness, suffering, loss and grief, through moral or relational failure, through our human weakness.
I am assured, as I reflect upon this image, that the One whose own body was broken and whose own blood was shed in order to redeem us, enters into our brokenness, so we can rise above it. Through Him, our eyes are orientated upward, so that when we are able to admit we are broken, our hearts may also open to Jesus, the One who can make us whole.
Why not think of things in your life – fractured pieces – and put them together into a mosaic, remembering that Jesus can bring all that is broken back into wholeness.

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Find me, God
“We are not people who turn back and are lost. Instead, we have faith and are saved.” Hebrews 10:39.
Prayer
Find me God, I am feeling lost.
Help me to get back on your path.
Find me God, I’m ready to turn back.
Help me to stay with you.
Find me God, I am slowing down.
Help me to know my faith.
Find me God, I want to be with you.
Help me to remember that you never leave.
Amen

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Bigger, Better, Faster
“Do not love he world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father. Everything that belongs to the world – what the sinful self-desires, what people see and want, and everything in this world that people are so proud of – none of this comes from the Father; it comes from the world. The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but those who do the will of God live forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)
Prayer
Holy Spirit,
Help me not to love the things of this world.
Give me the wisdom to know that having the latest and greatest
does not bring true happiness.
Give me the courage to say no to people who promise me good times
but only lead me away from you.
Give me the strength to resist the things that promise instant happiness
but in reality bring unhappiness and even death.
Help me to know the difference between the things
that are of God and the things that are only passing away.

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Bigger, Better, Faster.
“Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father. Everything that belongs to the world – what the sinful- self desires, what people see and want, and everything in this world that people are so proud of- none of this comes from the Father; it all comes from the world. The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but those who do the will of God love forever.” 1 John 2: 15-17.
Prayer
Holy Spirit,
Help me not to love the things of this world.
Give me the wisdom to know that having the latest and greatest
does not bring true happiness.
Give me the courage to say no to people who promise me good times
but only lead me away from you.
Give me the strength to resist the things that promise instant happiness
but in reality bring unhappiness.
Help me to know the difference between the things
that are of God and the things that are only passing away.

Is Nice in Me
“Do not criticize one another, my friends. If you criticize or judge another Christian, you criticize and judge the Law. I you judge the Law, then you are no longer one who obeys the Law, but one who judges it. God is the only lawgiver and judge. He alone can save and destroy. Who do you think you are, to judge someone else?” James 4: 11-12

Prayer
Dear Lord,
Yesterday I was really going at it! Judging people, I mean. I had a clever put down for quite a few of my friends especially the ones who are “good.”
All that judging left good at the time because everyone was laughing at the stuff I said. Later, though, I felt a bit sick – in the pit of my stomach. Is that what guilt feels like?
What I’m trying to say, God, is I’m sorry. You know I can be nasty. I’m getting tired of it, others are too, I think. I don’t blame them.
One of my friends is just nice -plain and simple. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her say a mean thing about anyone. And everyone really likes her. She’s popular just because she is nice to everyone. How simple is that? Lord, do you think I can become like that? Can you help me?

Dear God,
great alchemist,
you made a universe out of nothing.
You made saints of most the unlikely souls.
Refine even the dross of my day to gold.
Make me a gift worthy of you.
Father, help me to know my place.

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Come to me – Matthew 11: 25-30
“At that time Jesus said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you because your have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned. Yes, Father, this was how you were pleased to have it happen.
My Father has given me all things. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one know the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light”


Prayer
Jesus, help me to remember to come to you
when I am feeling overwhelmed.
You promise to take my heavy burdens
replace them with things that are easier to carry.
When I am tired and sad, remind me to come to you,
the One who loves me and let me rest in you.

Morning Prayer
Living God, at times – but not always – I’m dulled by the signals you send me. It’s the aches and pain that shocks me awake.
If that is what I need then use that.
God, despite my reluctance remind me that there is a great deal of me that we have not yet used.

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

A moment of Great Power
The story of Jacob and Esau ends with a powerful moment: a moment of reconciliation. Jacob begs for Esau’s forgiveness, and Esau forgives him. Esau did not hold a grudge against his brother. Jacob must have felt tremendous relief after intense experience that both brothers cried as they hugged other. Their relationship was healed.
Are you more like Jacob who needed forgiveness? Or are you more like Esau who needed to forgive? Is there a relationship in your life that needs healing? Pray for the courage to let go of your grudges. Pray for the virtue of humility. Ask god to make your heart ready for a moment of great power. Genesis 33:1-11

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

On being Stubborn
The king of Egypt was stubborn, God. He refused to listen to you. His heart was hard. He was too proud to pay attention to your messengers. I’m afraid that I’m like the king sometimes, God.
I sometimes laugh at people rather than with them.
I don’t treat people fairly.
I ignore people who talk about you.
I refuse to change my ways.
Soften my heart, God, so that it is a more welcoming place for you. When I feel like being stubborn, fill my mind with thoughts of your love. When I act proudly, help me remember that you are a God of justice. When I refuse to listen to those who share your words, speak to me of the comfort your Word brings. Amen Exodus 8:5-19

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

God, Be My Pillar
God of light and God of darkness, the Israelites knew you were with them as they made their way out of Egypt. They saw you as a pillar of cloud in front of them during the day and a pillar of fire lighting their way at night.
I wish I could see you sometimes. It would make life a lot easier. At least I would know that I’m heading in the right direction. I know that you’re always with me, too, but sometimes I don’t feel it.
I think that you put “pillars” in my life to guide me, just as you guided the Israelites. After all I have family, relatives and friends, who look out for me. They support me, give me directions, and light my way when I’m lost or confused. They are gifts from you – your way of being my very own pillar of cloud and fire. Thank you, God, for them. Amen Exodus 13: 20-22