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Midweek Thought for the Day (January 2021)

Week of Monday 25th January

Mark 1 : 16-20

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.

“ Come follow me “ said Jesus” and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

When he had gone a little farther, he saw James, son of Zebedee and his brother John, in a boat preparing their nets. Without delay he called them and they left their father Zebedee in the boat, with the hired men, and followed him.

This week, as we come to the end of Christian Unity week, it seemed very appropriate to read about two sets of brothers being called as Jesus’ first followers. The pattern of the first disciples, a quarter of whom were closely related, reminds us we are to see others, especially other Christians, as brothers-and of course sisters- as part of the family of God.

It seemed also appropriate in the week we celebrate Burns Day and his constant theme of the brotherhood- and sisterhood -of all nations and people. From “A Man’s a Man”:
“ Then let us pray, that come it may...
That Man to Man, the world o’er
Shall brothers be for a’ that.”

In Jesus’ time, and ours, it is a challenge, being brothers- and sisters - following Jesus, and connecting in love, with people everywhere. It is hard. And to remind us of the tragic results when we fail to listen to this call of Jesus, this is also the week of Holocaust Memorial Day.


Father God, forgive us for the times we forget that we are part of the family of God.

Jesus, Son of God, help us to live true to our calling as brothers and sisters to each other.

Holy Spirit, inspire us to connect, in your love, with everyone we meet. Amen

Nancy Gilmartin

Week of Monday 18th January

John 1: 44-46

Philip, like Andrew, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathaniel and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathaniel asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.

“Can anything good come from the Coronavirus and its pandemic?”

At first, we probably identify with the somewhat sceptical Nathaniel, but like most things, there are two sides to the Coronavirus coin. We have to acknowledge the terrible impact on lives and livelihoods, something no one wished for or wanted.

And we also have to acknowledge the efforts it has inspired in science, medicine, and the extraordinary achievements from ordinary people.

What we have learnt in the past year may save countless lives in the future. The changes we have had to make may make us value- and evaluate - our own ways of thinking and doing, hopefully for the better.

I might have said, a year ago: “Can anything good come from football?”

And Marcus Rushford proved me to be mistaken!

We have to hope that in the end, something good will come from our experience of this pandemic, just as something good did come from Nazareth.


Father God, thank you for the good things and people in our lives.

Jesus, Son of God, open our eyes to see the best in people and events in our lives.

Holy Spirit, help us to be the good thing in the lives of all we meet. Amen

Nancy Gilmartin

Week of Monday 11th January

Genesis 1: 3-5

And God said “Let there be light” - and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night”. And there was evening and there was morning- the first day.

In the words of a hymn we have often sung, we are all indeed, “longing for light!” But this reading reminds me too of another favourite hymn, “Great is thy faithfulness” where we are thankful that “Morning by morning new mercies I see.

Every day is a new day, a new beginning, another first day for all of us. No matter how bad today might be, as Christians we believe that tomorrow will be better.

And if-and when - we say “Good Morning” to everyone we meet; it can be a reminder that each day is God’s day, God’s gift to his world, and us.


Father God, thank you for creating a good world for us: help us to keep it that way.

Jesus, Son of God, thank you for coming to be part of our world: help us to remember that you are for life, not just Christmas.

Holy Spirit, inspire us to share our love of God with our neighbours, that together we may enjoy your world. Amen.

Nancy Gilmartin

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