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Tag Archive for ‘death’

Wednesday 24 April

Acts 3:1-10; Psalm 105; Luke 24:13-35 They told their story Jesus displays his bodily resurrection, showing hands and feet as he offers Peace. Our faith in God is never an abstraction but involves all of us, hands and feet included. It is peacemaking to appreciate again and again, our story of what has happened to […]

Wednesday 17 April

Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 69; Matthew 26:14-25 Betrayal We can probably recall those feelings of devastation when we were first betrayed. It may have happened at primary school among those in and out of the friendship circle. Betrayal always hurts no matter how old we are. Our week today brings us to the moment of betrayal […]

Tuesday 26 February

Ecclesiasticus 2:1-11; Psalm 37; Mark 9:30-37 Make me a servant The disciples did not understand what Jesus was saying about his being put to death and rising from the dead. Such a thing was beyond their experience and their imagining. They could not see that because he came to serve, he had to die. Nor […]

Saturday 24 November

St Andrew Dung-Lac Apocalypse 11:4-12; Ps 144: Luke 20:27-40 God of the living When it comes to death one really knows more about living than dying. So take heart in that reality because the very God of the living is the God who gives and sustains life beyond the grave. In the face of death […]

Friday 16 November

2 John 4-9; Ps 119A; Luke 17:26-37 Be prepared Events in life can tear relationships asunder, e.g., death, illness, redundancy etc. These are reminders to us of how we should be prepared for the coming of the Lord. The suddenness of Jesus’ coming places a duty on the disciple to be prepared. The events in […]

The Afterlife

The limits of human knowledge On my computer I have images of galaxies in deep space captured by the Hubble telescope in its orbit around the earth. I’m stunned by their beauty and complexity. Even more than that I’m amazed that only 5% of our universe is accessible to us; according to astrophysicists about 95% […]

Wednesday 30 May

1 Peter1:18-25; Psalm 147B; Mark 10:32-45 Slave to all Our minds can so easily skip over the bad bits and focus on the ‘happy ending’. The apostles didn’t or couldn’t understand what Jesus was talking about when he told them of his coming death. Ever since then, right up to the present, very many Christians […]

Wednesday 11 April

St Stanislaus Acts 5:17-26; Ps 34; John 3:16-21 Unconditional love “God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” Unconditional love. Jesus through his passion and death shows unconditional love for his Father and us. We see examples of this love – parents caring for a disabled child; friends supporting one who is […]

Saturday 31 March

HOLY SATURDAY Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17, 22-23; Mark 16:1-8 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia When we were baptized, our ‘old self’ – enslaved by fallen earthly Adam – was buried with Christ, and raised by him as a ‘new self’, a new creation in the image of Christ the new heavenly Adam. As Jesus passed from death […]

Friday 30 March

GOOD FRIDAY CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S PASSION Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 In you, Lord, I take refuge In the celebration of the Lord’s passion and death, the Church celebrates the definitive defeat of sin and death which had imprisoned creation since the Fall. The key that […]