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Friday 10 February

Memorial of St Scholastica Genesis 3:1-8; Psalm 32; Mark 7:31-37 Deaf and dumb Jesus touched the deaf man’s ear and tongue. He healed his speech impediment and his physical deafness. Our own deafness and silence may not be physical. They may be caused by fear or guilt or shame so that we are deprived of […]

Monday 23 January

Hebrews 9:15, 24-28; Psalm 97:1-6; Mark 3:22-30 Seeing through the eyes of prayer We can sometimes fall into the trap of demonising those whose actions or words we strongly disagree with or are threatened by. When this happens, as with the Pharisees, logic gets put to one side and we rely totally on emotion – […]

Thursday 13 October

Ephesians 1:1-10, Ps 98, Luke 11: 47-54 St Paul’s hymn of salvation The introduction to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is one of his most beautiful writings. Part hymn, part prayer, part credo, it has the effect of filling our hearts with light. Compare this with the gospel reading. Paul preached the freedom of God’s […]

Friday 8 July

Hosea 14:2-10; Ps 51; Matthew 10:16-23 Have fortitude Jesus warned the apostles that bearing witness to his teaching was not likely to be an easy task. Despite this, they went out and gave over their lives to telling others about Christ’s message of love and forgiveness. We are just as likely to be ridiculed and […]


: Is 9:1-7 calls me to risk stepping out of the morbidity of darkness and into the vitality of the light, to see what God has done. Titus 2:11-14 calls me to give up everything that does not lead to God. Lk 2:1-14 a call to overcome my fear, the major driving force of modern […]

Saturday 28 November

Cant. Daniel 3: 82-87; Daniel 7:15-27; Luke 21:34-36 Trust in God Don’t let anxiety and fear rule your life. Jesus again warns us of anxieties that can cause us to stray into sin. Anxiety can be a sign that we do not trust God enough. It is accompanied by fear. Fear of failure, fear of […]

Tuesday 4 August

ST JOHN VIANNY, PRIEST Numbers 12:1-13; Ps 51; Matthew 14:22-36 Take courage – have no fear When Jesus walked out to meet the disciples in the middle of a storm at sea, he was showing them how, even when they were in serious danger of drowning, he was there for them. He also offers this […]

Thursday 2 July

Genesis 22: 1-19, Psalm 115, Matthew 9: 1-8 The voices of love and fear When we follow Jesus in the gospels, we see an emerging pattern: his acts of healing get two reactions from the crowd – rejoicing and criticism. Once, I would have judged these reactions as “good” and “evil”. But Jesus, spoke truth […]

Wednesday 1 July

Genesis 21:5, 8-20, Psalm 34, Matthew 8:28-34 The healing power of love Ill health was not understood in Jesus’ time. It was the common belief that all misfortune was the result of sin, and people with mental or physical illness were judged accordingly. We can assume that the two people living in empty tombs, had […]

Saturday 18 April

Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33; John 6:16-21 Do not be afraid After all that has happened the disciples are still afraid when Jesus walks on the water. You would think nothing would surprise them now. But that isn’t the case. It is consoling because seldom do we have it all together. We want certainty in our […]