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Tuesday 19 December

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25; Psalm 71; Luke 1:5-25. Our preparation For Zechariah and Elizabeth to have a son in their old age was a miracle from God. This, and the other signs that accompanied the birth of John the Baptist, showed that he was the one who was to prepare the way for the Saviour. Do […]

Friday 15 December

Isaiah 48:17-19; Psalm 1; Matthew 11:16-19 Slow to believe As human beings, we can be a distracted and disgruntled lot at times. Christ experienced this in his own time and so do we. No matter what the Lord does for us, we can be slow to fully believe the message of the good news he […]

Christmas Homecoming

‘Homecoming’ is a word we often associate with Christmas, as families gather, re-connect and celebrate. There is something warming about the thought of homecoming, something settling, something healing and wholesome. In September 2017, the United Nations’ Refugee Agency reported that there are 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, there are 22.5 million refugees, 10 million […]

The Legend of the Fourth Wise Man

Adapted by the Editor Artaban lived in the mountains of ancient Persia. On the basis of his study of the planets and stars, he predicted the birth of a great King. He sold all his possessions in order to buy gifts for the King – a radiant blue sapphire, a perfect ruby and a spectacular […]


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Saturday 25 March

Annunciation of the Lord Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10; Psalm 40; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38 Incarnation Jesus didn’t come on Earth at Christmas. He came at the moment Mary said ‘Yes.’ That’s when the miracle of incarnation occurred. At that moment Jesus became an embryo, a human being at the very first stage of his biological human […]

Sunday 25 December

the Birth of the Lord Midnight Mass Glory to God in the highest Isaiah 9:1-7, Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 The angel appeared to the shepherds and said, ‘Today a saviour has been born to us; he is Christ the Lord … a great throng of heavenly host are praising God and singing.’(Luke) ‘And […]

Mary as Model

Mary shows us how to listen to God … The prayer of the rosary is, in many ways, the synthesis of the history of God’s mercy, which becomes a history of salvation for all who let themselves be shaped by grace. The mysteries we have contemplated are concrete events by which God’s intervention on our […]


The editor and staff of the Marist Messenger wish the very best of God’s blessings to all our readers and their families and friends for Christmas and for 2017. We pray that you and your families may be truly blessed. Sincere thanks for your encouragement and your support for the Marist Messenger. January 2017 Daily […]

Fulfillment Quotations in Matthew’s Gospel

Some forty years ago, Scripture scholar Peter Ellis wrote of the first gospel, ‘Reading Matthew, one gets the feeling the author put together his gospel with the precision of a Swiss watch.’ One sign of this precision is that Matthew includes in his Gospel ‘fulfillment quotations,’ Old Testament statements in something other than their historical […]