Why Keep Lent?

The church’s calendar is marked by short festivals that are celebrated with joy, yet Lent is a period – a ‘season’ – of the forty days before Easter which is very much in a minor key. Lent is never celebrated but only ‘kept’ and is not so much marked by what we do but [...]

2019-03-04T09:57:10+01:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: J.John Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

7 Last Words of Jesus – Part Seven

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46) We read in Luke’s Gospel that on the cross Jesus ‘called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.’ After the physical, psychological and spiritual agony that is shown by [...]

2019-04-05T11:59:06+01:00March 25th, 2016|Categories: Devotions, J.John Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

7 Last Words of Jesus – Part Six

It is finished (John 19:30) There’s something extraordinarily satisfying about completing something. Whether it’s wallpapering the bedroom, writing a report for the office, working out at the gym or just doing the shopping, it’s a good moment when we come to the end, breathe a sigh of relief and can say, ‘It’s finished!’ There [...]

2019-04-05T11:56:28+01:00March 24th, 2016|Categories: Devotions, J.John Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |