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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 […]

The Holy Family and Holy Families

As we come to the end of 2016, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, this year on 30 December. Speaking of families, I’m looking forward to spending time with my sister and her children and grandchildren during the summer holidays. Like all families, the one to which I rejoice to belong is not […]

Thursday 17th December

The calendar now changes from the ordinary days of Advent to the novena before Christmas to spiritually focus us on Mary and the birth of Jesus. Gen 49:2,8-10 shows the consciousness of the chosen people as bearers of the word. With Jesus redemption passed to all peoples. Of this I am a part in this […]

Crib Origins 

Growing up in the Duffy household, one of the signs of Christmas being imminent was the appearance of the crib atop the Conroy electric heater. (That was a clear, flat space off the floor and the heater was not turned on in summer.) My mother would arrange the small collection of figures with care. Baby […]

Joy to the World

Joy is a gift from God which comes to us when we least expect it. It is a touch of God that through the power of God’s Holy Spirit completely captures a person in a timeless moment. It penetrates our outer being, the being we think of as ‘me’, and grabs a part of our […]

Sunday 15 November

Ps16; Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14,18; Mark 13:24-32 Be Watchful Jesus reminds the four apostles about the signs of coming of the Son of man and the need for watchfulness. Beware of false prophets. The signs – no sun, no moon, stars falling from the sky. Jesus uses a simple analogy that we identify a season […]

Christmas Cookies

“Christmas cookies and happy hearts, This is how the holiday starts.” –  American proverb The Christmas season is rapidly approaching. Christmas decorations are already in the stores and at the malls. The Christmas sales have started. In addition to the seasonal onslaught of ads and sales promotions, the Christmas cookie recipes are now appearing in […]