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The Easter Triduum

Triduum means three days of prayer. What binds together the three days of the Easter Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil — is that all of them are Easter. Each, in their way, celebrates Christ’s dying and rising from the dead. The liturgy does not, in fact, separate Our Lord’s death […]

Suicide – Seven Ways to Help Grievers

When Kristen Clifford’s husband – Steven Clifford, a police officer – wasn’t responding to her text messages, she became alarmed and drove home, where she found notes, his police identification, his driver’s licence. “Everything laid out very neatly, methodically”, she recalled. Frightened, she rushed down the hallway to their bedroom, discovering the door closed and […]

The Death of Jesus…

… and how the Resurrection Changes the Way We See the World The disbelief One of the objections devout Muslims have with Christianity is that the All-Holy and All-Powerful One could die as a man. Others, who lean towards conspiracy theories, believe that Jesus’s disciples rescued him from the cross, then hid him, while spreading […]

Thursday 31 October

Romans 8:31-39; Psalm 109; Luke 13:31-35 With God on our side … In today’s first reading, St Paul declares his profound and unshakeable faith in Christ Jesus, his Lord and Saviour: ”He not only died for us – he rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand he stands and pleads for us. […]

Sunday 27 October

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14, 16-19; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 The prayer of the humble Jesus’ victory over our sin and death, won for us by his death on the Cross, is revealed only to the humble in faith and heart. Worldly wisdom judges the Cross as a defeat. […]

Thursday 24 October

Romans 6:19-23; Psalm 1; Luke 12:49-53 I have come to bring fire Jesus’ dramatic statements, “I have come to bring fire”, and “There is a baptism I must still receive”, refer to his imminent passion and death. His death on the Cross draws the line between Christ’s peace and the world’s peace. Christ’s peace, infused […]

Friday 27 September

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL (M) Haggai 1:15-2:9; Psalm 43; Luke 9:18-22 A Suffering Saviour All through the synoptic Gospels Jesus tries to educate his disciples about the title 'Messiah'. The Jews expected a Messiah who would be their political saviour, a great and glorious king! In this passage it seems that he deliberately tries to […]

Friday 23 August

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22; Psalm 146; Matthew 22:34-40 Love produces freedom Ruth, a Gentile woman, abandoned her country to provide for her mother-in-law. We may assume Ruth and her husband loved each other deeply. Ruth’s beautiful response after his death is to sacrifice everything for love. As we abandon ourselves to the love of […]

Monday 12 August

Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Psalm147; Matthew 17:22-27 The power of preconceived ideas Both before and after the Transfiguration, Jesus predicts his death and resurrection. The disciples hear only the death, and are discouraged. They still expect Jesus to be an earthly king. Jesus uses the tax question to emphasise his true kingship. Kings pay no tax and […]

Mary is taken up to heaven …

Manihiki is a coral atoll almost 1,300 km north of Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands. It has two villages, Tukao and Tauhunu. The Solemnity of the Assumption is celebrated each year with nothing short of great gusto in one or other of the villages. If there is a priest available, the Eucharist is […]