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Monday 17 December

Genesis 49:2, 8-10; Psalm 71 (72):1-4, 7-8, 17; Matthew 1:1-17 A surprising genealogy A threefold story foreshadows the gospel story. Among the patriarchs (Abraham-David) are cheats and liars (Jacob and Judah). Jesus calls sinners rather than the just. Triumphs and losses of the Kings (David-Babylonian exile) prepare for the ‘upside down’ reign of God. Children […]

Wednesday 12 December

Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 102 (103):1-4, 8, 10; Matthew 11:28-30 Wisdom’s yoke ‘Come to me’ echoes the invitation of Wisdom (Proverbs 9:4-5). ‘Carrying heavy burdens’ is used of the heavy yoke of daily life. In the Greek Old Testament, this is translated as ‘measured’ or ‘beaten’ and speaks of beatings, physical tiredness or weariness from work, […]

Recognising the Child Jesus in the faces of little children

In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). We […]

Sunday 7 October

27th SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME Genesis 2:18-24, Psalm 128, Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 Forming Relationships There is a striking contrast between the Pharisees and the little children in today’s Gospel. The Pharisees were able to get close to Jesus – but they used that freedom to try and catch him out. The children were initially […]

Wednesday 19 September

1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Psalm 33; Luke 7:31-35 Obstinacy, obstacle in the spiritual life Jesus ponders aloud the people of his time. In his pondering he provides the image of a group of children playing in the market place of a town. Some wanted to play a wedding, while others were determined to play a funeral. […]

Tuesday 28 August

St Augustine 2Thess. 2:1-3, 14-17; Psalm 96; Matthew 23:23-26 Learn every day We are imperfect pilgrims. Life and faith are long journeys. What we knew as certain truth as children, we discovered as false as adults. The map isn’t the journey. It is a guide that may get us there. Read today’s gospel and ask: […]

Saturday 18 August

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 30-32; Psalm 51; Matthew 19:13-15 Do not stop them. The disciples, Jesus’ best friends, sometimes operated as bouncers. They thought they knew what he wanted, who he liked. Tired after arguments with the Pharisees, they wanted a break. Then people started pushing children towards him. The disciples responded “get outta here,” “take them […]

Tuesday 14 August

St Maxmillian Kolbe Ezekiel 2:8-3:4; Psalm 119B; Matthew 18:1-5, 10-14 Akahoa he iti he pounamu – although small, a treasure Too many of our children live in poverty. Too many of our young people commit suicide. Too many of our girls and boys are sexually abused. Too many fail at school. Jesus says to us […]

Crazy Hat Day

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.