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Tag Archive for ‘faith’

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 […]

Saturday 11 August

Habakkuk 1:12-2:4; Psalm 9; Matthew 17:14-20 “You have little faith” The disciples had followed Jesus for a while. They knew him. They listened to him. They saw him as their leader, as the one who could save them and the world. He told them the purpose of his life was to show them how to […]

Praying with the Movies

Silence Directed by Martin Scorcese For 25 years the possibility of Martin Scorcese making his film version of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence has been a matter of conjecture: Will he? Won’t he? Can he? Now that the film has been released, conjecture and debate continues. For some critics, it’s a major disappointment calling it slow […]

Monday 9 July

Hosea 2:16-18, 21-22; Psalm 145; Matthew 9:18-26 Courage, your faith will restore you In today's Gospel we read of an unnamed woman who is desperately in need of healing. She would be conscious that in her society she must not approach a strange man in public. In addition because of her bleeding, she is ritually […]

Sunday 1 July

THIRTEENTH WEEK ORDINARY TIME Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7-9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43 Jesus increase my faith In Mark’s Gospel we see Jesus defying the norms of his society to reach out to heal. The woman with the haemorrhage would have been considered perpetually unclean according to the laws of purity (Lev 15:25-30) but […]

Tuesday 26 June

2 Kings 19:9-11,14-21,31-36, Psalm 48, Matthew 7:6,12-14 The Journey We can be sure that if Jesus said something his followers didn’t understand, it would not have been remembered. The teachings that were remembered are basic, important and often for people in an early stage of faith. Looking back, most of us recognise the narrow gate […]

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 […]