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Tag Archive for ‘families’

Thursday 28 December

the Holy Innocents 1 John 1:5-2:2; Psalm 124; Matthew 2:13-18 Carrying Pain It is always a profound tragedy when a child dies. We hear today of the many who were killed because of Herod’s hatred and paranoia. These innocent children are also among the witnesses to God becoming one of us as the messiah. What […]

Thursday 21 December

Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18; Psalm 33; Luke 1:39-45 A joyful greeting Two pregnant cousins, Mary and Elizabeth, greet each other in the Gospel today. Imagine the joy and excitement of such a meeting. Though both of them are with child through usual circumstances, they both rejoiced that God was with them and […]


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Monday 11 September

Colossians 1:24-2:3, Psalm 62, Luke 6:6-11 Restorative love St. Paul makes no bones about it. A servant of the Church who is also a servant of the Gospel will suffer. Am I a person who is prepared to suffer as Jesus Christ suffered? Do I only think about this on Good Friday? Turning from pharisaical […]

Wednesday 23 August

Judges 9:6-15; Psalm 21; Matthew 20:1-16 In praise of generosity Today, my mother would have celebrated her 107th birthday. She died aged 89, and had been my mother for 58 years. Mothers make many sacrifices for their children. Hours and cost are not part of their reckoning. Families are the Lord’s favourite vineyards, with a […]

Saturday 25 February

Ecclesiasticus 17:1-15; Psalm 103; Mark 10:13-16 Blessing the children The children of our families are a special gift in our lives. They bring us joy and they give us hope. They invite us to find again our capacity for playfulness and help bring forth our ability to be imaginative and creative. They remind us of […]

Tuesday 19 July

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85; Matthew 12:46-50 The Trinity of God, self and others In a spiritual sense, we have a richness of family. Brothers and sisters in faith. Abraham, our father in faith. Our Lord – friend, brother, son of the Father; the Holy Family itself; our communities of faith; all those we love; […]

Saturday 16 July

Micah 2:1-5; Ps 13; Matthew 12:14-21 Pray for those whose faith is being tested Opposition to our love of God and beliefs presents itself from time to time. Our friends or families may not understand or make allowances for how much our prayer life and community of faith mean to us. Some of us even […]

Monday 25 April

ANZAC DAY Wisdom 3:1-9; Ps 116; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 12:23-28 Gratitude and renewed commitment Today is a day for deep reflection and prayer. We remember with gratitude those who have given their lives in war and conflicts so that we might have the possibility of peace – and we reflect that we still have […]