‘Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church’. These words come from Colossians, and form part of our New Testament reading today.

They speak to us of the value of burdens borne lovingly for the sake of Christ, a true share in His redemptive self-offering.

May we learn the ways of true steadfastness under suffering, whatever it may be, and may God bless you this day.