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Tag Archive for ‘covenant’

Tuesday 24 December

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29; Luke 1:67-79 God remembers his covenant Many people feel that we are sitting in darkness and the shadow of death. There is so much commotion in our world and our church. Fear not. God does remember his holy covenant. He remembers the oath he swore […]

Saturday 19 October

Romans 4:13, 16-18; Psalm 105; Luke 12:8-12 The Lord remembers his covenant Because Abraham accepted the gift of faith to know God, Abraham became the Father of Israel, from whom – by Mary and the Holy Spirit – would be born Jesus of Nazareth, our Lord and Saviour. In the Gospel, Jesus challenges his disciples […]

Wednesday 26 June

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 105; Matthew 7:15-20 A new covenant God made a covenant with Abram, a promise to give him heirs of his own flesh and blood and a vast expanse of land for his inheritance. The people of Israel lived out that covenant as God’s chosen people. Within their history, there was the […]

Monday 26 February

Daniel 9:4-10; Psalm 79; Luke 6:36-38 Repentance demands action In our first reading, Daniel acknowledges that Israel has sinned by turning away from God and thereby betraying God’s covenant with Israel. But it is easy to say “Sorry” even in a prayer to God! That is why, in our Gospel reading, Jesus makes it clear […]

Sunday 18 February

FIRST WEEK IN LENT Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Belief and Repentance Strengthened by his time in the wilderness and with the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus knew the time had come for him to begin his public ministry. He begins with the words, “Repent, and believe the Good News.” […]

Thursday 15 February

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Luke 9:22-25 Choose life This Lent the Lord renews his covenant with us. The Lord says, “See, today I set before you a choice – to choose life or death.” To choose the life God offers is to pattern our lives on Christ, which means shouldering his cross daily through our […]

Monday 5 February

MEMORIAL OF ST. AGATHA 1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13; Psalm 132; Mark 6:53-56 We shall touch God In our first reading, with great fanfare and solemnity, Solomon places the ark of the covenant into the innermost part of the Temple – the Holy of Holies. Here God will dwell in the midst of his people, Israel. […]

‘My Lord and my God’

For the Israelites of the Old Testament, blood meant life. We can understand that easily enough — if our blood pours out, we die. So for the Israelites, blood was more than a symbol of life, it actually meant life. And the same blood splashed on two people joined them together in the same life.

Saturday 8 April

Ezekiel 37:21-18; Response: Jeremiah 31:10-13; John 11:45-56 I will be their God The promise expressed in today’s first reading is fulfilled in Christ. In Christ, God has made an eternal covenant with us. Jesus died so that once more we might be one with God. God’s acceptance of his sacrifice was confirmed in his resurrection. […]

Tuesday 28 March

Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12; Psalm 46; John 5:1-3, 5-16 Main terms and fine print Entering into a consumer contract we are inclined to focus on the main terms (product, price, payments etc.), and ignore the fine print, sometimes to our detriment. In our ‘contract,’ our covenant, with God, we tend to do the opposite; namely, to […]