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Tag Archive for ‘faith’

Monday 10 December

Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 84 (85):9-14; Luke 5:17-26 Community of faith A small community of faith makes a context for healing. The man who is paralysed is not only marginalised by his illness, but his way to Jesus is blocked by crowds. Those moved by their faith to help him take extraordinary steps: climb up on […]

Monday 3 December

St. Francis Xavier Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 121 (122):1-2, 4-5, 6-9; Matthew 8:5-11 Willing to break barriers In this story, part of a cluster of nine healing stories in Matthew 8-9, Jesus is willing to break barriers to go to the Roman officer’s place to heal his servant. As it turns out, Jesus heals from a […]

Wednesday 28 November

Apocalypse 15:1-4; Ps 98; Luke 21:12-19 When words fail Being put on the spot, especially about one’s faith, can be most difficult. How do you express something so profound in words? Don’t Panic! Situations can often give us clarity of thought. This is what is promised in the Gospel. In amongst perseverance and endurance comes […]

Monday 12 November

St Josaphat Titus 1:1-9; Ps 24; Luke 17:1-6 Short and to the point The Christian journey is hard enough at the best of times, so don’t make it harder for others! Avoid the millstone! Be forgiving and allow faith to bring about the unexpected.

Wednesday 24 October

Ephesians 3:2-12; Canticle Isaiah12:1-6; Luke 12:39-48 Making Good Use of the Gift Our faith and the gifts God has given each of us are great gifts – but they are not our possessions. They have been given to us to be used – both for our own growth as disciples and for the good of […]

Tuesday 22 October

Ephesians 2:12-22; Psalm 85; Luke 12:35-38 Embracing the Unknown Today’s Gospel stresses the fact that we are not in charge of things – that we are servants rather than the master and that we have tasks to perform. There is an element of uncertainty in being a follower of Jesus: our future is not neatly […]

Saturday 20 October

Ephesians 1:15-23; Psalm 8; Luke 12:8-12 The Lives of Others Paul tells the Ephesians that because of what he’s heard of their faith and their love for each other, he has never failed to remember them in his prayers and to give thanks to God for them. Who are the people in our lives who […]

Friday 19 October

Ephesians 1:11-14; Psalm 33; Luke 12:1-7 What is Life-Giving For Me? There is a wonderful ‘scene-setting’ in the first sentence of today’s Gospel: a huge crowd who are clearly excited and somewhat out of control because, we’re told, “they were treading on one another”. And they’re all there to listen to Jesus. Which rather raises […]

Tuesday 16 October

Galatians 5:1-6; Psalm 119T; Luke 11:37-41 Keeping Our Options Open? Paul’s frustration with the Galatians really centres on the fact that they were looking to cover their bases – they had accepted the message of Christ but they were also adhering to the Jewish Law just in case that was actually the “right” path. Paul […]

Saturday 6 October

Job 42:1-3,5-6,12-17; Psalm 119A; Luke 10:17-24 Happy With the Gift? It’s very easy to take our faith for granted – it may literally have been a defining dimension of who we are since we were baptised soon after birth. But if familiarity doesn’t necessarily breed contempt, it can certainly breed a certain level of comfortableness […]