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Tag Archive for ‘Christian’

Wednesday 11 September

Colossians 3:1-11; Psalm 145; Luke 6:20-26 God fills our emptiness Both readings, as well as the psalm today, give us clear lessons for our Christian lives. Luke’s four beatitudes are challenging! It seems that when we are empty or needy for all sorts of reasons, God can fill us with himself. When we place all […]

The Role of Law in the Catholic Church

A sanctuary in the city Just a few kilometres from central Wellington is an extraordinary sanctuary – Zealandia – where dozens of endangered New Zealand species thrive. What makes it a sanctuary is the mesh fence that surrounds it, bending sharply outwards at the top and sitting deeply under the ground to keep out climbing […]

MM 50 Years Ago

Tourists will create problems for a Mission An element that is going to change the pattern of Catholic life near this station of Wairiki is the proposed hotel that is to be erected by Travelodge, the mighty American company. Such places always attract a group of camp followers who generally upset the tenor of life […]

Sunday 19 May

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145; Apocalypse 21:1-5; John 13:31-35 Aroha nui — with deep affection Love is the theme of today's scriptures. God — kind, compassionate and abounding in love. Jesus instructed his apostles to love one another. His supreme act of love was his death for us, and his gift of […]

Saturday 13 April

Ezekiel 37:21-28; Canticle of Jeremiah: 31:10-13; John 11:45-57 Better for one man to die … Sadly, there is often much to undermine our faith in Jesus. We believe in him in an environment that is indifferent, and at times actually antagonistic, to having faith in God. The gospel reminds us of the energy needed for […]

Monday 11 March

Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18; Psalm 19:8-10, 15; Matthew 25:31-46. Sheep and goats Does our belief in God show itself through our attitudes and our actions? The Lord tells us today that there will be a judgement which will be based on how we lived our Christian life and how we treated others. He will ask us […]

Monday 26 November

Apocalypse 14:1-5; Ps 24; Luke 21:1-4 Tacked on Rather than focus on the monetary aspect of this Gospel, perhaps we could question the true intentions we put into our celebration of Christian worship. Do we give our all? Or is it something we approach as an afterthought? Another thing we tack on to the busyness […]

Friday 10 August

2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm 111; John 12:24-26 Unless a wheat grain dies Archbishop Oscar Romero preached on this gospel at his last mass. In his homily he said “all that we cultivate on earth, if we nourish it with Christian hope, will never be a failure.” Shortly after, he was shot and killed. Dead, because […]

A Thankful, Sunburnt Country?

“Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,” invites the priest at each Mass. We reply “It is right and just.” In this brief exchange, we capture the essence of Christian prayer and the essence of a Christian way of being in the world. Being thankful is a central hallmark of the person of […]

Friday 19 January

1 Samuel 24:3-21; Psalm 57; Mark 3:13-19 Have mercy on me, God, have mercy David and Saul were both lovingly called by God. But David was the victim of Saul’s distrust. We have all experienced being hurt by others and wanting to strike back in anger. Many of us love a story where the victim […]