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Tag Archive for ‘death’

Tuesday 4 June

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER Acts 20:17-38; Psalm 68; John 17:1-11 Eternal life Do you wonder about what follows death, what heaven may be like? In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells us about our eternal destiny. For those whom the Father has entrusted to him, he says, there will be eternal life. And here is what […]

Tuesday 21 May

Acts 14: 19-28; Psalm 145; John 14:27-31 My peace I give Love and peace will rule. In the first reading, the apostles have begun to spread the word to the gentiles. The Jewish hierarchy is jealous and violent. So, the message is taken to those willing to listen. In the second reading Jesus advises his […]

Sunday 19 May

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145; Apocalypse 21:1-5; John 13:31-35 Aroha nui — with deep affection Love is the theme of today's scriptures. God — kind, compassionate and abounding in love. Jesus instructed his apostles to love one another. His supreme act of love was his death for us, and his gift of […]

Thursday 16 May

Acts 13:13-25; Psalm 89; John 13:16-20 Being catholic “Ask anything of the Father in my name …” What a promise. We often turn to God. Frequently it's part of daily life. "Thanks, God, for the parking space”. “O Lord, we do need rain”. A friend pointed out that Catholicism is part of our culture, not […]

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% […]