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Tag Archive for ‘conversion’

Friday 15 November

Wisdom 13:1-9; Psalm 19; Luke 17:26-37 A place in time We naturally think of ourselves as New Zealanders living in the 21st century. Such is our place, our time. Yet the Kingdom that Jesus invites us to enter is not about a place in time. His kingdom is about conversion of heart, about commitment and […]

Friday 4 October

St Francis of Assisi (M) Galatians 6:14-18; Psalm 16; Matthew 11:25-30 The wounds of Jesus St Francis of Assisi (1181–1226), the son of a wealthy merchant, fell out with his father because he’d used his father’s money to repair a church. The bishop insisted Francis repay the money. This was Francis’ moment of conversion. He […]

Friday 13 September

St John Chrysostom (M) 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14; Psalm 16; Luke 6:39-42 Judging ourselves and others Jesus uses strong words to teach us to recognize our own weaknesses and sins before daring to criticize, or worse still, to give advice, to others. The Sacrament of Reconciliation invites us to recognize the 'log' in our own […]

Tuesday 27 August

St Monica (m) 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Psalm 139; Matthew 23:23-26 Sharing God’s love St Monica never stopped praying for Augustine’s conversion; her prayers were eventually answered shortly before she died. Through her faithful love the world gained Saint Augustine. St Paul speaks about motherly protectiveness for those he shares with, giving not only good news, […]

Thursday 18 April

Holy Thursday Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15 Heart-fulness Our conversion to Jesus Christ happens in our heart. There is no room for duplicity, living apparently as Catholic but having our hearts closed in on ourselves. Jesus picks up a basin and towel and kneeling before those he has called, […]

Friday 25 January

THE CONVERSION OF ST PAUL Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22; Psalm 116 (117): Mark 16:15-18 Conversion Not all conversions are sudden. Sometimes conversion comes like the dawn, slowly and even imperceptibly. But the grace of conversion does come, and it has an element of wonder and surprise because it is essentially a change of thinking. […]

Sunday 9 December

2nd Sunday of Advent Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 125 (126); Philippians 1:3-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6 Expand the mind As with the birth of Jesus (2:1-3), Luke places the Word of God coming to John the Baptist within the framework of the whole world – the Roman Empire, its local rulers in Palestine and the Jewish leadership. […]

Tuesday 31 July

St Ignatius of Loyola Jeremiah 14:17-22; Psalm 79; Matthew 13:36-43 For the greater glory of God After his conversion from a military life to following the way of the gospels, Ignatius travelled overland on pilgrimage from his native Spain to Jerusalem. He must frequently have prayed Psalm 79 – Lord will you be angry forever? […]

Tuesday 8 May

Acts 16:22-34; Psalm 138; John 16:5-11 Sing God’s praises It would be hard to sing praise just after a severe flogging and being put into stocks! But this is what Paul and Silas did and God was glorified by the conversion of all the prisoners (who had been listening and did not run away to […]

Saturday 10 March

Hosea 5:15-6:6; Psalm 51:3-4, 18-21; Luke 18:9-14 Come, let us return to the Lord The Lenten journey invites and challenges us to face into God’s call to ongoing conversion and repentance. Through his Prophet Hosea God says: “They will search for me in their misery,” so that, one day the people will repent, “Come, let’s […]