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Tag Archive for ‘Christian’

Tuesday 3 December

St Francis Xavier (M) Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Luke 10:21-24 The temptation to be spectacular Pope Francis says a Christian is a missionary who, urged forward by the Holy Spirit, lives his or her Baptism as yeast in society, spreading the message of Jesus. Yeast works unspectacularly. The transformation it achieves is […]

Sunday 17 November

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Malachi 3:19-20; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19 Faith concrete and visible St Paul did not expect the Christians in Thessalonica to support him financially. He worked to earn his living whilst staying with them and preaching the Good News. He reminds the Thessalonians that the Christian faith should […]

Third World Day of the Poor

17 November Daily we encounter families forced to leave their homeland to seek a living elsewhere; orphans who have lost their parents or were violently torn from them by brutal means of exploitation; young people seeking professional fulfilment but prevented from employment by short sighted economic policies; victims of different kinds of violence, ranging from […]

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 […]