Here is today’s New Testament reading, from Colossians: ‘And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins’.

This description of the spiritual journey recalls the words of the sixth century poet Boethius: ‘O Father, give the spirit power to climb To the fountain of all light, and be purified. Break through the mists of earth, the weight of the clod, Shine forth in splendour, Thou that art fair weather, And quiet resting place for faithful souls. To see Thee is the end and the beginning, Thou carriest us, and Thou dost go before, Thou art the journey, and the journey’s end’.

May your own journey be a source of light and strength to you, and may God bless you this day.