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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, […]

Monday 19 March

ST JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – PATRON OF DUNEDIN DIOCESE 2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16; Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29; Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22; Matthew 1:16, 18, 21, 24 You must name him Jesus A spiritual image of St Joseph is glimpsed in the just man of Psalm 1. He delights in the […]

Death and Resurrection

This is an abridged version of the Pope’s homily, in November 2017, for the repose of Cardinals and Bishops who had died in the past year. It provides good material for reflection during Lent and Eastertide. Today’s celebration once more sets before us the reality of death. It renews our sorrow for the loss of […]

Friday 9 February

1 Kings 11:29-32, 12:19; Psalm 81; Mark 7:31-37 The divided made whole Because Solomon strayed from God’s way, because Solomon was deaf to God’s words and his tongue dumb to God’s commands, God’s judgement comes to pass; with Solomon’s death, Israel is divided. Ten tribes of Israel are given to Jeroboam; the remnant remained with […]