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JOURNAL POSTINGS Monday 23 October 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. In Romans, which we are reading at present, at Mass, S Paul says this of Abraham: 'No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness." But the words, "it was reckoned to him" were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also'. The Roman canon refers to Abraham as 'our father in faith'; Abraham who set out in obedience from Haran, not knowing where he was to go, and who was prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac on Mount Moriah. May we learn his faith, and set out in obedience as he did. May God bless you this day.

22 October 2017, Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Saharan dust above the city of Birmingham? So it seemed. Quartz, feldspar particles … all of these came together to give us a truly apocalyptic sky. Here are words from today's Old Testament reading: 'For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I gird you, though you do not know me, that men may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other'. The theme of 'choosing' is picked up in the New Testament reading from 1 Thessalonians: 'For we know, brethren beloved by God, that he has chosen you'. all of us who are baptised are beloved of God, and chosen. May God bless you this Sunday and keep you close to Himself.

Saturday 21 October 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time and Our Lady on Saturday. In the New Testament reading from Romans today, we have these words describing Abraham, the 'friend of God': 'In hope he believed against hope'. In its context this means that Abraham believed and trusted God in spite of all the evidence to the contrary. As would be said of our Lady by Elizabeth who was to become the mother of John the Baptist, 'Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord'. May we too practise this faith in our daily lives, placing all our confidence in the One who saves, and may God bless you.

Friday 20 October 2017, Feria in Ordinary Time. This goldfinch was standing proudly in the late afternoon dusk, the wind ruffling the little feathers ever so slightly. We are so blessed with the wildlife we have around us here - one afternoon recently, there were no less than six different varieties of birds visible from the window! God is very good. May He bless you this day with everything that delights your heart, and draw you ever closer to Himself.

 

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