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Friday 29 November

Daniel 7:2-14; Canticle of Daniel 3:2-5; Luke 21:29-33 Remain faithful and true As our liturgical year draws to a close, the Church places before us Scripture passages about the end of time and the coming of the Lord. The Church is not asking us to become involved in speculation about when or how time will […]

Saturday 31 August

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12; Psalm 98; Matthew 25:14-30 Have a go Everyone is gifted, and we are not asked to compare ourselves with others but to use our natural and spiritual gifts, generously, even extravagantly, in love. Whether we have visible gifts which the world affirms, gifts of practical support and hospitality, or hidden gifts like […]

Thursday 29 August

Passion of St John the Baptist (M) Jeremiah 1:17-19; Psalm 71; Mark 6:17-29 Sin seeks company. Herodias felt threatened because John preached repentance and accused her of adultery. Instead of repenting, Herodias plotted John’s death, manipulating her daughter so that Herod killed John to save face. Sin seeks company. It wants to draw others into […]

When My Comfort Zones Fail

It’s never easy having to move out of a place, a personal space, a routine, a rhythm that has for some time given us some security and peace of mind. Letting go of our comfort zones can be simple enough and not of major importance. For example, when our holidays finish and we have to […]

Tuesday 7 August

Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Psalm 102; Matthew 14:22-36 Life is difficult I love this gospel. The sea reminds me of life. One moment life is calm, sparkling, expansive and magnificent. The next moment – rough, scary, destructive and beyond control. Change can happen in the blink of an eye. The strong winds whip up the […]

Friday 3 August

St Dominic Jeremiah 26:1-9; Psalm 69; Matthew 13:54-58 Unacceptable prophets/prophetesses. Fear and prejudgment drive us to box and label others. We know their views on everything, their mistakes, even how faithful they are. Boxes keep them in – they also keep us out. St Dominic stayed up all night talking to an innkeeper getting to […]

Being Childlike

One day at Mass two little girls went up at communion time to receive a blessing. I saw them shyly wave to a couple sitting in front of me, who must have been their grandparents. After the blessing the shyness was gone and they rushed up to the couple, ran into their pew and hugged […]

Sunday 24 December

Fourth Sunday of Advent 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 15; Psalm 89; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 The child will be holy We see Mary again today with the angel, telling her of God’s plan for her. The child to come will be holy and the Son of the Most High. This child is God-with-us. It […]

Can You Bear It?

An American and a Czechoslovakian lawyer were trekking through the Rockies, when they were confronted by a male and a female bear. One of the bears grabbed the Czechoslovakian and killed and ate him. The rangers were soon on the scene. They asked the surviving lawyer which bear had killed his friend. He replied that […]

Tuesday 29 August

The Passion of John the Baptist Jeremiah 1:17-19; Psalm 71; Mark 6:17-29 I am with you Many emotions collide in the scenes leading to the death of John the Baptist: the pride of Herod; the expectations of his guests; the jealousy and hatred of Herodias; the cold indifference of her daughter; the unquestioning obedience of […]