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Tag Archive for ‘Bible’

How to be a ‘Good Enough’ Family

Beware of family photos which are proudly presented on social media and on Christmas cards, because they simply do not reflect the true state of anyone’s family. Publicly displayed, we are shown the ideal of happy, smiling, connected families, but seldom paraded are family issues such as battles over curfews, fights about money, arguments over […]

MM 50 Years Ago

From ‘Mostly about books’, by Pat Lawlor: Collins, the publishers, are celebrating their 150th anniversary. They were the first to win a licence for printing the Bible. Production costs were then so low that they were able to insert this advertisement: Holy Bible, Writ Divine – Bound in leather, 1/9. Satan trembles when he sees […]

Can you Bear It?

A small boy came home from the playground with a bloody nose, black eye, and torn clothing. It was obvious he’d been in a fight and lost. While his father was patching him up, he asked his son what happened. “Well, Dad, I challenged Barry to a duel. And, you know, I gave him his […]

Saturday 16 June

1 Kings 19:19-21, Psalm 16, Matthew 5:33-37 Taking an oath For centuries it has been the custom to make a promise on something that is precious. Today the oath may be lightly made, or serious as in the courtroom swearing on the Bible. In Jesus’ time, however, this kind of swearing could be creative and […]

Can You Bear It?

An American and a Czechoslovakian lawyer were trekking through the Rockies, when they were confronted by a male and a female bear. One of the bears grabbed the Czechoslovakian and killed and ate him. The rangers were soon on the scene. They asked the surviving lawyer which bear had killed his friend. He replied that […]

Monday 20 July

Exodus 14:5-18, Cant. Exodus, 14:1-18Matthew 12:38-42 Be at peace When we read Bible stories as parables, they speak to us of our own journey with God. The Israelites find their freedom but rejoicing doesn’t last long. With the first setback, they wish they were back in Egypt. Moses reassures them, telling them to be at […]

Monday 11 May

Acts 16:11-15, Ps. 149, John 15:26-16:4 A place of prayer Your place of prayer may not be on a river-bank, but it should be helpful and supportive of serene and deep conversation with our Lord and God. Some have found helpful: a religious image, a candle, an open Bible or prayer book – use what […]

Can You Bear It?

A headmaster at a parochial school wanted to provide his new students some advice for appropriate behaviour at church. He thought he would try to elicit rules that their parents might give the youngsters before taking them to a nice restaurant. “Don’t play with your food,” one second grader cited. “Don’t be loud,” said another, […]

Saturday 20 September

Sts andrew taegon, paul chong hasang & companions 1 Cor 15: 35-37, 42-49; Psalm 56; Luke 8: 4-15 Word of God In its widest sense ‘Word of God’ means God’s revelation to us. God speaks his Word in many ways … through nature, through the stuff of daily life, through the Bible, through the Liturgy, […]

Tuesday 9 September

1 Cor 6: 1-11; Psalm 149; Luke 6: 12-19 Magnet for a Multitude Waiting for Jesus when he came down from the hills were a large gathering of his followers and a great crowd of people many of whom were not Jewish. What attracted huge numbers to Jesus? Our Gospel states two reasons. They came […]