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Tag Archive for ‘death’

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 […]

Thursday 29 March

HOLY THURSDAY EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15 Do this as a memorial of me On the night before he died, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with the Twelve. Rather than being a Jewish Passover, it was the Supper of the New Passover – […]

Wednesday 28 March

Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34; Matthew 26:14-25 ‘Not I, Rabbi, surely?’ Jesus was betrayed by Judas’ greed and malice; and Peter’s pride and weakness. Like them, we, too, are vulnerable to temptations. In his passion, Jesus entered into the mystery of our sinfulness and our dying – the bitter fruits of original sin […]

Tuesday 27 March

Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17; John 13:21-23,36-38 My cause was with the Lord After Judas had taken the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus then said, ‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’ Judas departs into the night to betray him. Jesus’ troubled spirit becomes consoled. ‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified, […]