Monday, 12 January 2009

All Hands Back to the Plough

Although the offices were open last week, most of us from DABCEC, the diocesan education centre were in Eastbourne for a Southern Province conference for schools and pastoral teams. For that reason it is only today Plough Monday, the traditional medieval day for a return to work after the Christmas festivities that I am able to update the blog.
At the beginning of this New Year the situation in Gaza comes to the front and a real concern for innocent civilians on either side is to be found in the statements of both the Pope and from our own Bishops' Conference who are currently in the Middle East. Above all as we approach Peace Sunday, this coming weekend our hope and prayer must be for a negotiated truce so that those who are suffering, and who are disproportionately Palestinian civilians, can begin to rebuild their lives.

Jesus said: "The kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe in the Good News." (Mark 1:14)

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