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Tag Archive for ‘death’

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 […]

Thursday 25 July

St James, Apostle Corinthians 4:7-15; Psalm 126; Matthew 20:20-28 Patience Whenever, it seems, that Jesus prophecies his forthcoming passion and death his closest disciples miss the point or interrupt with an immediate, ‘oh, and by the way, response…!’ Jesus rebukes Peter. He chides the apostles for arguing about who is the greatest and, in today’s […]

The Mind of Christ, the Mass and You – Part 1 of 2

An approach to deepen our participation Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus Philippians 2:5 In that scripture text we find expressed the drive towards the fullness of life of the Christian; what growth in the Christian life seeks to achieve. In this article I want to look at our challenge […]

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 […]