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Tag Archive for ‘culture’

Saturday 13 October

Galatians 3:22-29; Psalm 105; Luke 11:27-28 Hearing the Word and Keeping It Jesus is not an easy person to praise. The woman who calls out in today’s Gospel is implicitly acknowledging how good he is, by praising his mother – and in the culture of the time (as today) that is very high praise indeed. […]

What’s in a Name?

Our culture encourages us to be ourselves, accentuate our differences, celebrate or even worship our individuality.

Whose Law Rules?

In our own personal and family worlds, our sacred spaces and rituals hold important meanings.

Thursday 5 October

Nehemiah 8: 1- 12; Psalm 19b; Luke 10:1-12 Inner self The way we live our everydayness proclaims who we believe in. Often, our culture defines us as human consumers. This definition means that we must get, or we should have, and I haven’t time to dream, reflect or pray. All of these assumptions serve to […]

Wednesday 9 August

Numbers 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35; Psalm 106; Matthew 15:21-28 Bothering Jesus A mother is desperate to help her daughter and believes Jesus can help. She will not take ‘no’ for an answer and doesn’t back off when she’s ignored. Her persistence pays off. Pleading for another, despite rebuke and ridicule, shows great love and generosity. […]

Tuesday 24 January

SAINT FRANCIS de SALES Hebrews 10:1-10; Psalm 39:2, 4, 7-8, 10, 11;Mark 3:31-35 A special relationship What sounds to our ears like a fairly off-handed dismissal by Jesus of his mother and brothers [cousins] can also be read in another way. Those closest to Jesus were Mary and other family members and in the culture […]

Mary for Today: Mary and Culture (6)

If Mary is seen as doing God’s will by passive consent, then our culture sees God’s will is done when human beings do their 100%.

Monday 12 September

The Holy Name of Mary 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33, Ps 40, Luke 7:1-10 A Marian Church The Roman centurion is an outsider. His nationality, culture, and occupation place him outside the people of Israel. Yet the centurion believes when the insiders do not. Again the disciple learns that Christ chooses the stones rejected by the […]

Mary for Today: Mary in Culture (3)

Introduction To find out what any text in Scripture means, it is obvious that the social system behind the text is of prime importance. The world of the first century Eastern Mediterranean had its own social system and its highest values were kinship and concern for honour and shame within a gender-based division of labour. […]

Thursday 16 April

Acts 5:27-33; Ps 34; John 3:31-36 God’s way? We must obey God rather than men. These words of Peter echo in our ears. The Gospel reinforces this: the one who is from earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things. We live in a powerful culture which can so easily shape our thinking and way […]