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Tag Archive for ‘cross’

Thursday 7 March

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Luke 9:22-25 Take up your cross The central mystery of our faith is that goodness has conquered sin and that life has conquered death. It is done through the cross. Christ has gone before us and shown us the way. We too need to shoulder our crosses and not run away […]

Ash Wednesday Reality

When I was a small boy in a small town, Ash Wednesday embarrassed me. We had a succession of parish priests with thumbs that seemed gargantuan to a child. They deposited great day-lasting dollops of ash on all available foreheads. Even babes in arms were not exempt: ‘Remember man that thou art dust …’. This […]

Tuesday 11 December

Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 95 (96):1-3, 10-13; Matthew 18:12-14 What do you think? In Matthew 18, Jesus talks about ‘the church’ as a community of relationship and practices through which its members are to sustain each other in the demanding way of the cross. They are to care for ‘the little ones.’ Despite this, people can […]

Sunday 16 September

Twenty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Isaiah 50:5-9; Psalm 116A; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 Who is Christ? St Peter helps the identity of Jesus to be clarified. Jesus is not Elijah returned from the dead, neither one of the prophets nor John the Baptist. However, although Peter correctly describes Jesus as the Christ he rejects […]

Sunday 3 June

BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST Exodus 24: 3-8, Psalm 116B, Hebrews 9: 11-15, Mark 14: 12-16, 22 -26 The Heart of our faith Today’s gospel takes us through layers of history and tradition to a mystery so deep, we tremble. We are not reading about something that happened thousands of years ago. Jesus’ body and […]

Saturday 7 April – Octave of Easter

Acts 4:13-21; Ps 118; Mark 16:9-15 Jesus has risen from the dead Jesus has now appeared three times to his followers. He is cross with them and rebukes them for their unbelief and hardness of heart. He tells them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” It is up to […]

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 […]

Meditation for Lent – The Cross

One year I took my then four year old granddaughter to church and we happened to sit beside the twelfth Station of the Cross. When I explained about the Crucifixion and the events that had led up to it, she looked very solemn and, understandably, said that she thought “His mummy must have been very […]

Sunday 28 January

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28 My Lord and my God After incidents such as the one in the Gospel, the reputation of Jesus grew. People wondered who he was. Mark told us, as he began his Gospel: “the Good News about Jesus Christ the Son of […]

hursday 14 December

St John of the Cross Isaiah 41:13-20; Psalm 145; Matthew 11:11-15 Embrace the cross The intense spiritual life of St John of the Cross is known to many. He suffered darkness and doubt in his following of Christ. John the Baptist in the gospel today is praised by Jesus as a great prophet. For their […]