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 +====== Fr. Geoff Writes ======
 +On 5th March we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent, a time when we are encouraged to think about our relationship with God and how we might strengthen and foster it, remembering that a big part of our connection with God is determined by how we associate with those around us.   To illustrate this have a look at St Mark’s Gospel, chapter 6, verses 34-44.
 +Jesus is way out in the countryside’ “in a lonely place”; he has his disciples with him; 5000 men, plus women and children, have been with him all day; they are all hungry and tired and, “it is getting very late”……what would YOU do?
 +The disciples say, “send them away….to the farms and villages round about…to buy themselves something to eat”. ​  Is this what you would have done?   Jesus says, “give them something to eat yourselves.”
 +The disciples took the easy way out - its not my problem - let them look after themselves. ​  Jesus response was NO - it is YOUR problem - YOU do something. ​ So they did and not only were they all fed, but there was lots left.
 +We are people with gifts, ability and energy (in varying shapes, sizes and capacities, admittedly!) and all too often we just sit back waiting for someone else to take the lead - waiting for God to provide the miracle - whilst God is waiting for us to work the miracle - “you give them something to eat”. ​  Yet is we get off our bottoms and take the first step - the initial action - we will find that God joins in; we DO our best and God does the rest…..but we need to do our bit, as best as we are able.
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