Here is today’s New Testament reading, from Philippians: ‘So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others’.

St Augustine wrote: ‘The main purpose for your having come together is to live harmoniously in your house, intent upon God, with one heart and one soul’.

St John Chrysostom commented: ‘“that you be of the same mind, having the same love”, in which you have begun, being of one accord, of one mind. Just see, how often he repeats the same thing by reason of his great affection! “That ye be of the same mind”, or rather, that you be of one mind. For this is more than the same. “Having the same love”. That is, let it not be simply about faith alone, but also in all other things; for there is such a thing as to be of the same mind, and yet not to have love. Having the same love, that is, love and be loved alike … “Of one accord”, he adds, that is, appropriating with one soul, the bodies of all, not in substance, for that is impossible, but in purpose and intention. Let all things proceed as from one soul’.

Whatever our circumstances, may we be ‘intent upon God’, in all our activities, and when we rest. May God bless you this day.