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Can You Bear It?

Joanne was going to the MM Christmas dinner and needed a new dress. In the clothing store she asked the assistant, ‘May I try on that dress in the window, please?’ ‘Certainly not, madam,’ responded the salesgirl, ‘You’ll have to use the fitting room like everyone else.’ The teacher asked young Malcolm: ‘What do you […]

December

Price Rise The MM is most grateful to subscribers who pay their accounts on time, and to all those who make donations to help the magazine keep going. Unfortunately, the magazine has made significant losses over the past few years, and consequently, as from 1 February 2019, the annual subscription for the MM will increase. […]

Tuesday 26 December

St Stephen Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Psalm 31; Matthew 10:17-22 Standing firm Stephen was the first witness to Christ to give his blood for him. His feast today reminds us that the coming of the Saviour meant that those who ‘are on the side of the truth’ will suffer persecution. Even in this time of Christmas […]

Wednesday 20 December

Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24; Luke1:26-38 Saying ‘yes’ In today’s Gospel we are taken back to the meeting that led to the Christmas event. Mary meets the angel who announces to her that she is to bear the Saviour. For Mary, it must have been a confusing yet faith-filled experience. She questioned the angel as to […]

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 […]

December

A Message for Australian subscribers We know that many of you have had difficulty in paying your subscription, and we appreciate the effort you have had to make. We have recently made arrangements for you to pay directily into the National Australia Bank. The account number is 082-062-68545-0097, and the account name is New Zealand […]

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 […]