Today’s reflection from Rev James Hair
remembering the Parish Hall congregation today with a Eucharist from his home in Bayly Avenue.


1 John 4:7-16
Matthew 11: 25-30

Last Sunday’s Gospel contained the sentence, “Jesus saw the crowd and had compassion on them”. This Friday, the feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus doesn’t feature in the Anglican calendar, but the more I ponder its significance the more I realise it is key to our faith on the Mystery of God in Christ.

Here’s some homework for you. How many references are there to the heart in the Gospels? How many to mercy and to compassion?

A few weeks ago in the early days of lockdown we had glimpses of cohesion, charity, good will, and generosity. Then the tide turned, the vision of the Kingdom faded as the Cummings debacle unfolded, the Thursday night clapping ceased and the protests began. The old ugly Britain was back. A grief for many of us, and we can begin to see why Jesus wept when he realised Jerusalem wasn’t going to change its ways.

To weep is to have compassion, to have a heart.
We can only be human when we have a heart, compassion.

The heart of God is love. There’s nothing else we can say. “ If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is brought to perfection in us.” “ Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly of heart”.

On the blog today is a meditative picture, as I contemplate the compassion of Christ. Also, I share with you a little litany from my old “Manual of Catholic devotion”. Use it slowly as a gentle way in to know the fire of Divine Love burning in the heart of Our Lord.

Enjoy this wondrous but much neglected festival!
Best wishes

HYMN: Blest are the pure in heart.



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