Why did you, Lord of all,
Choose to be called, and be, a carpenter?
Why did you not,
When dwelling on the earth
which you had made
Choose more to love it with a tiller’s heart?
Or with the fisherman to cast your lot?
Surely that would have been more fitting art
For one who came to draw
With loving skill, all men into his bark?
Why did you choose
To ply your trade in wood?
Was it because, like a wise warrior,
You did desire to learn
With mind, heart, human hand
The rough grained medium of your victory?
by Sr Jadwiga Swiatecka
Sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent
Apparently, the most commonly repeated phrase in the whole Bible, in both the Old and the New Testament, is “Have no fear!” or “Do not be afraid!” There are also about a dozen or so times when Jesus is said to touch those he is about to cure.
by Sr Ann Swailes
The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.
For those of us who still haven’t quite decided on our Lenten penance, we could do worse than follow the suggestion of the Revd. Alan Franks, vicar of Ambridge, who, in last Sunday’s episode of the Archers, I’m reliably informed, encouraged his parishioners to give up complaining for the next forty days and forty nights. It is good advice. However, I’m going to ignore it, and begin this reflection with a complaint,