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Tag Archive for ‘cross’

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 […]

Saturday 25 May

Acts 16: 1-10; Psalm 100; John 15: 18-21 Ridicule At times people will be scornful of our beliefs. They may seem to persecute us, when they indicate we are so old-fashioned; that we have out-of-date ideas about truth and morals. But they could be resentful because our lives and morals are a rebuke to their […]

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 […]