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Tag Archive for ‘faith’

Friday 8 June

SACRED HEART Hosea 11:1,3-4,8-9, Canticle Isaiah 12:1-6, Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19, John 19:31-37 The Pierced Heart The Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most significant symbols of our faith. When we are committed to answering Jesus’ call, he not only walks with us, he also reveals that our lives are echoes of his. It’s […]

Thursday 7 June

2 Timothy 2:8-15, Psalm 25, Mark 12: 28-34 The Kingdom of God The Jewish phrase ‘The Kingdom of God’ was for those who had grown into mature faith. Today we would probably describe it as ‘enlightenment.’ The scribe in Mark’s gospel had been listening to debates and arguments based on law. He asked Jesus what […]

Saturday 2 June

Jude 17: 20-25, Psalm 63, Mark 11: 27-33 Divine authority The Pharisees used legalistic language to trap Jesus. Their words were designed to condemn him, no matter which way he answered. Here, they question his authority. This suggests that Jesus had not been trained as a Pharisee and they considered him an outsider. I carry […]

Saturday 26 May

ST PHILIP NERI, priest James 5:13-20; Psalm 114; Mark 10:13-16 Like a little child Children are open and trusting. Their faith is simple and total. This is what Jesus wants us to return to. As we become worldly-wise we may also become cynical. Some lose faith and live in the ways of the world. James […]

Wednesday 23 May

James 4:13-17; Psalm 49; Mark 9:38-40 In Jesus’ name As it is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (as I write) our attitude to other Christian denominations comes to mind when Jesus says “no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me”. We can jealously guard our […]

Monday 7 May

Acts 16:11-15; Psalm 149; John 15:26-16:4 You will be witnesses Jesus warns his disciples that troubles will come when they go out to witness. But he also reassures them that the Holy Spirit will come to them – the Spirit of truth. It’s easy to agree to anything when it’s in the distance but harder […]

Friday 4 May

Acts 15:22-31; Psalm 57; John 15:12-17 Decided by the Holy Spirit As the newly-formed Christian church spread around the known world, it was faced with challenges of inculturation – as it is still today. Preachers and evangelisers need to know what is ‘core faith’ and what is cultural or social tradition. What local traditions can […]

Tuesday 24 April

Acts 11:19-26; Ps 87; John 10:22-30 Trust Jesus is telling us that he will look after us. “My sheep hear my voice… No one will snatch them out of my hand.” This means that if we trust God, then he will protect and care for us always. It can be a big leap of faith […]

Friday 20 April

Acts 9:1-20; Ps 117; John 6:52-59 Faith The Jews are puzzled saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” To them it is blasphemy. One can understand how they felt – “Eat my body, drink my blood.” What does it mean to them? Sometimes are we puzzled by the daily readings? What […]

Thursday 19 April

Acts 8:26-40; Ps 66; John 6:44-51 A promise Jesus reinforces that he is the living bread from heaven with the promise of eternal life for those who believe. Why would one refuse to believe? Is it because what the world offers is more tempting than what Jesus offers? A bit of a risk? Once again, […]