Category: Matthew

  • Ecclesiastes 2 1-3

    1 I myself said to myself,
    I’ll test you with rejoicing.
    Look into what’s good’.
    There, that is also mere-breath.

    2Of having fun, I said, ‘It’s mad’,
    and of rejoicing, ‘What does this do?’

    3I explored inside myself,
    with wine
    leading on
    my flesh
    (but I was directing my mind with worldly-wisdom)
    and taking hold of craziness,
    until I could see where is the good for human beings,
    which they should practice under the heavens
    for the number of the days of their life.

    Grant, Lord,
    that we may hold to you without parting,
    worship you without wearying,
    serve you without failing;
    faithfully seek you,
    happily find you,
    and forever possess you,
    the only God,blessed now and for ever.

    St Anselm

  • 2 Peter 2 13-16

    …(in their destruction
    will be destroyed with them [the evil angels].)
    when they suffer harm
    that is the reward of wrongdoing:
    considering it pleasurable
    to be self-indulgent
    in the day(light).
    (they are) spots and blemishes
    indulging in their lusts
    eating together with you.

    having eyes full of an adulteress
    insatiable sin
    enticing unsteady souls
    having hearts trained in greed,
    – children of cursing.

    leaving behind the straight way
    they have gone astray,
    following the way of Balaam (son) of Bosor
    who loved the reward of wrongdoing
    A rebuke he had regarding his transgression,
    – a mute donkey,
    speaking with a human voice
    restrained the madness of the prophet.

    Eternal God and Fatther,
    you create us by your power,
    and redeem us by your love,
    guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
    that we may give ourselves in love and service
    to one another and to you;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • Jude 1-4

    a slave of Jesus Christ,
    a brother of Jacob2,
    to those who are called,
    beloved in God the Father
    and kept for Jesus Christ;

    Mercy to you all,
    and peace
    and may love be multiplied!

    making all speed to write to you all
    about our common salvation
    I had need to write to you
    encouraging you
    to continue to struggle
    for the faith
    which was passed onto the saints

    For certain people have slipped in,
    who long ago
    were marked out
    for this condemnation
    who are changing the grace of our God,
    into immorality
    and denying
    our only master
    and our Lord
    Jesus Christ.

    1. Jude ↩︎
    2. James ↩︎

    Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbour,
    where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
    Show me the course I should take.
    Renew in me the gift of discernment,
    so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
    And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
    even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
    knowing that through enduring hardship and danger in your name
    we shall find comfort and peace.

    Basil of Caesarea (c.329-379)

  • 1 Peter 2 1-3

    having thrown off
    all evil and
    all deceit1
    and hypocrisies
    and envies and
    all ‘running down’
    as newborn babies
    long for the spiritual, pure2, milk
    so that by it
    you might grow
    toward salvation-
    if you have tasted that the Lord is kind3.

    1. δολον (dolon) ↩︎
    2. αδολον (adolon) ↩︎
    3. χρηστος (chrestos) ↩︎

    God be in head and in my understanding;
    God be in my eyes and in my looking;
    God be in my mouth and in my speaking;
    God be in my heart and in my thinking;
    God be at my end and at my departing.

  • 1 Peter 1 17 -21

    And if you call on the one
    who judges impartially
    according to each person’s work,
    as Father
    conduct yourselves
    in fear
    for the time of your exile,
    for you know that
    not with transitory things
    (even) silver and gold,
    you have been ransomed
    from your worthless conduct
    handed down from your ancestors,
    but by the precious blood –
    as from a lamb,
    without blemish
    and without defect
    – Christ’s,
    (him) having been foreknown
    – before the foundation of the world
    having been made known
    – in these last times,
    for your sake,
    because of him,
    are believing in God
    who raised him from the dead ones,
    and gave him glory,
    so that your faith and hope
    are in God.

    Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
    Naught be all else to me, save that thou art –
    Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
    Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

  • Psalm 2

    Why do the nations rebel?
    Why are the countries devising plots that will fail?
    The kings of the earth form a united front;
    the rulers collaborate
    against the Lord and his anointed king.
    They say, “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us.
    Let’s free ourselves from their ropes.”

    The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust;
    the Lord taunts them.
    Then he angrily speaks to them
    and terrifies them in his rage, saying,
    “I myself have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

    The king says, “I will announce the Lord’s decree. He said to me:
    ‘You are my son. This very day I have become your father.
    Ask me,
    and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth as your personal property.
    You will break them with an iron scepter;
    you will smash them like a potter’s jar.’”

    10 So now, you kings, do what is wise;
    you rulers of the earth, submit to correction.
    11 Serve the Lord in fear.
    Repent in terror.
    12 Give sincere homage.
    Otherwise he will be angry,
    and you will die because of your behaviour,
    when his anger quickly ignites.
    How blessed are all who take shelter in him!

    Take from us,
    O God, all pride and vanity,
    all boasting and self-assertion,
    and give us the true courage that shows itself in gentleness,
    the true wisdom that shows itself in simplicity,
    and the true power that shows itself in modesty.

    Charles Kingsley

  • Ephesians 5 21-33

    …being submissive to one another
    in the fear of Christ:
    the wives to their husbands
    as to the Lord,
    because a husband
    (is) the head of (his) wife
    Christ is also the head of the Church,
    he is the saviour of the Body
    but as the church submits to Christ
    so wives also to husbands
    (with reference) to all things.

    love (your) wives
    as also Christ loved the church
    and handed over himself for her,
    so that he might make her holy
    by the washing with water
    by the word
    so that he might present the church glorious
    to himself
    not having a spot or wrinkle or anything similar
    but is holy and without blemish
    In the same way husbands must love their wives
    as their own bodies
    He who loves his wife, loves himself.

    For nobody ever hates his own body
    but feeds and takes care of it.
    so also Christ and the Church.
    because we are members of his body.

    Because of this a man
    leaves his mother and father
    and is united with his wife
    and the two will be one flesh.

    This mystery is great.
    I am speaking about Christ and the Church.

    But each one of you too:
    let each of you love his wife as himself
    And let the wife respect (her) husband.

    Teach us, good Lord,
    to serve thee as thou deservest;
    to give and not to count the cost;
    to fight and not to heed the wounds;
    to toil and not to seek for rest;
    to labour and not to ask for any reward,
    save that of knowing that we do thy will,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    St Ignatius

  • Ephesians 4 14-18

    For he himself is our peace,
    who made both (groups) one (group)
    broke down the dividing wall,
              that is the ‘fence’;
      in his flesh
    having abolished the hostility
    the law,
              that is the commandments
                  (consisting) in decrees
    so that
      he might create
    (from) the two (groups)
        in himself
          one new human
            so making peace
      and to reconcile
    them both
      into one body
        to God  
          through the cross
    thereby killing the enmity.
    And he came
      and preached peace to you – who are far away
    and peace to those who are near,
    for through him
      we both have access
        by one Spirit
          to the Father.


    O Lord Jesus Christ,
    stay beside me to defend me,
    within me to guide me,
    before me to lead me,
    and above me to bless me,
    that with you and in you,
    I may live, and move and have my being,
    for ever and ever.

  • Ephesians 1 17-19

    …in my prayers,)

    (I pray) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
      the glorious Father,
        might give
        to you
          (the) Spirit of wisdom
                        and revelation
               in knowledge of him
           (since) the eyes of your hearts have been enlightened
           s o that you might know
            what is the hope of his calling
            what is the richness of his glorious inheritance
              among the holy ones
            and what is the surpassing great power
              toward us who believe
            according to the working of his mighty strength…

    Lord, you have given me so much,
    I ask for one more thing –
    a grateful heart.

    George Herbert





  • Matthew 7:24- 29

    Everyone who hears these words of mine
    and does them
    will be compared to a wise man,
    who builds his house on bedrock.
    and rain fell
    and the rivers came
    and the winds blew
    and beat on that house, 
    and it did not fall,
    for it had foundations on bedrock. 

    And whoever hears these words of mine, 
    and does not do them
    will be compared to a foolish man, 
    who builds his house on the sand.
    And rain fell
    and rivers came, 
    and the winds blew
    and beat on that house,

    and it fell 
    and the fall of it was great. 

    And it happened that when Jesus finished these words
    the crowd were amazed because of  his teaching.
    For he was teaching them as having authority
    and not as their scholars.

    Thank you, dear Jesus,
    for all you have given me,
    for all you have taken away from me,
    for all you have left me.

    Thomas More (c.1478-1535)