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Mary’s Life in Stained Glass (4)

The timeline after the Magi left Bethlehem is uncertain. Jewish law required Jesus to be circumcised at 8 days and be presented in the temple after 31 days, and Mary could be purified 40 days after Jesus’ birth. Luke’s gospel records Jesus’ circumcision, when He was named, then His presentation in the temple in Jerusalem, […]

Monday 21 November

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Apocalypse 14:1-5; Ps 24; Matthew 21:1-4 Giving all Jesus is saying that there are two things that determine the value of a gift: the spirit in which it is given, and the sacrifice it involves. What happens to us when the collection basket comes around? Do we look in […]

Monday 22 August

the Queenship of Mary 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12; Ps 96; Matthew 23:13-22 Grace and peace This week begins four weeks of Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians (II) and to the Corinthians (I). Each letter has this greeting – grace and peace. We might wish to apply these words to the Blessed Virgin Mary: ‘hail, full […]

Sunday 14 August

the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Transferred to 14 August for 2016) Apocalypse 11:19, 12:1-6, 10; Ps 45; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56 Mary, assumed into heaven Patronal Feast of Aotearoa New Zealand This Sunday is the transferred feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1838 Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier dedicated the […]

Saturday 4 June

the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Ps. 71; Mark 12:38-44 Faith to the end The sinless heart of Mary is like the widow in the Gospel reading who gave all she had to live on; everything that she possessed given over to God. In the same way, each of us […]

Tuesday 31 May

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Zephaniah 3:14-18 or Romans 12:9-16, Resp: Isaiah 12:1-6, Luke 1:39-56 Full of grace Mary — what an inspirational woman! See her now. Taking off in sturdy sandals to cross the dangerous mountainous terrain to Elizabeth. Pregnant with new life she meets Elizabeth and embraces her. Immediately new life […]

Tuesday 8 September

Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5:1-4; orRomans 8:28-30; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 Of her is born the Christ Read or speak slowly the whakapapa of Jesus. These are the “blood relatives” of Jesus; you are a “faith relative”. Remember how you first came to know Jesus. Let gratefulness be your prayer for the people, […]

Monday 8 September

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5: 1-4; Psalm 13; Matt 1: 18-23 Counterculture The Greek for “fear not” in our Gospel reading can mean “don’t be overcome with awe.” This may be why St Bernard of Clairvaux, St Thomas Aquinas and others claim that Our Lady told St Joseph that she had conceived […]

Friday 15 August

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Apocalypse 11: 19; 12: 1-6, 10; Ps 45B; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-26; Luke 1: 39-56 Blessings How easy it would have been for Mary to have quietly stayed at home and prepared for the arrival of God’s Son. Instead, she chose to make the long journey to her cousin […]