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Tag Archive for ‘cross’

Monday 11 July

Isaiah 1: 11-17; Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23; Matthew 10: 34 –11:1 Taking up the cross Being a follower of Christ will often demand difficult choices. At times we may have to risk losing the friendship and love of someone very dear to us: a parent, a son or daughter, a dear friend. How often […]

Friday 15 April

GOOD FRIDAY Isaiah 52:13-53-12; Psalm 31, Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9, John 18:1-19-42 Jesus dies on the cross Today we watch the son of Mary and Joseph carry his cross to the hilltop, and be crucified. He, the hope of so many, is put to death on a cross. For us Christians, the cross is the enduring […]

Sunday 24 November

Christ the King 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 The mystery of faith The painful humiliation of Jesus is there for everyone to see. The mocking of the Jewish leaders, the insults of the soldiers, even the jeering of the thief alongside him. All this only adds to his excruciating agony on […]

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 […]

Tuesday 24 September

Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20; Psalm 122; Luke 8:19-21 Mary lived by faith Mothers will understand how Mary and her relations felt as they stood at the edge of the crowd and claimed their right to talk to Jesus. Did she feel rebuffed when she was told that her son valued the bonds among those who […]

Monday 16 September

SAINTS CORNELIUS AND CYPRIAN (M) 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Psalm 28; Luke 7:1-10 God’s love is for everyone The centurion in today’s gospel seems to be an exceptional man. He has built a synagogue for the Jewish people and now demonstrates an extraordinary faith in Jesus who is “amazed” at such faith. How often do we […]

Sunday 8 September

23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 8-14 September, Social Justice Week Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalm 90; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33 Take up your cross Some of Jesus’ words are hard to take! He tells his disciples to think deeply before deciding to be his disciples because it is not going to be easy! Before literally taking […]

Friday 21 June

ST ALOYSIUS GONZAGA 2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30; Psalm 34; Matthew 6:19-23 Suffering Saint Aloysius was born into a noble family but chose to leave behind the comforts of home to live and work among the sick of Rome. He took ill and died. St Paul writes to the Christian community at Corinth detailing a long […]

Saturday 15 June

2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Psalm 103; Matthew 5:33-37 To be the goodness of God What we are to believe is that Jesus died so that we may be reconciled with God. Paul tells us it is all God’s work. There is a new creation, a new way of living in the world. Through Christ and his […]

Monday 10 June

MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH Acts 1:12-14; Judith 13:18-19; John 19:25-27 Mary present in the Church Mary was present at the major events of Jesus life. She was obviously there at his birth. She stood by the cross as he died and she was present with the disciples when he ascended to heaven. Mary was […]