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Who Are You, Jesus? – 4. God who shares in our humanity

We continue an earlier discussion on how Jesus identified, not only with victims, but with all of us in our weakness, struggles and failures. We share the divine life through the Holy Spirit ‘living in us.’ The other side to that is the mystery of God in Jesus who partakes in our humanity. Paul says […]

Saturday 13 January

1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1; Psalm 21; Mark 2:13-17 I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners We all struggle to follow Jesus and live his life. However, in the end, when each one of us comes to be really honest about ourselves, we have to admit that we are sinners. Nevertheless, in […]

Wednesday 29 June

Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles Acts 12:1-11; Ps. 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19 Peter and Paul Peter’s task is to nurture, develop and sustain Christ’s Church. Paul’s task is to preach the Good News to the nations. Whether we focus on Peter or Paul, witness to Christ requires both building up the community […]

Friday 22 January

1 Samuel 24:3-21; Ps 57; Mark 3:13-19 Have mercy David honoured Saul’s dignity as the anointed of the Lord, and showed him mercy. The twelve sent by Jesus to preach were to be ministers of divine mercy. Anointed in Baptism and Confirmation, we too are to give witness to God’s mercy.

In Baptism we are Called, Gifted, Sent

“Our Baptism sticks us together, and the Holy Spirit makes us rise,” so said Rev. Francis Bennett when he was giving a homily to the parishioners of Tairua, in the Coromandel.  He said we were like bits of flour lying around the kitchen bench, and our Baptism unites us like dough into the Body of […]

Saturday 13 September

St John chrysostom bd 1 Cor 10: 14-22; Psalm 116B; Luke 6: 43-49 Founded not foundered Jesus encourages us to build our house on rock. The house he is speaking about is our spiritual life. Early in his first letter to the Corinthians St Paul declares, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that […]

Francis Speaks to the Sick; Reflects on the Creed

To the sick: be a spiritual resource and an asset to the Church On 9 November last year, the Pope addressed seven thousand members of the Italian National Union for the Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines (UNITALSI), an association which has for 110 years been dedicated to the sick and frail, […]

Saturday 5 October

Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29, Ps 69, Luke 10:17-24 “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” When you make a Motel booking, your name is recorded. They recognise your name when you check in. Of course with a Motel booking you choose the date of your stay. Our heavenly booking is for an open date. Imagine […]

Sunday 18 August

Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10, Ps.39, Hebrews 12:1-4, Luke 12:49-53 The Gospel isn’t a private feel-good panacea To insist that God makes public demands is scandalous in a society which rejects sin and absolute truth. Jesus speaks of the cross as a baptism of fire. John was the only apostle who didn’t die […]

Sunday 28 July

Seventeenth Week Ordinary Time Genesis 18: 20-32, Ps. 138, Colossians 2: 12-14, Luke 11: 1-13 Always converting Baptism is the first step on the conversion road of discipleship. It brings me into the resurrected life of Jesus Christ and gives me the freedom to choose not to sin. Learning to use this freedom well takes […]