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Tag Archive for ‘Genesis’

Monday 9 December

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (S) Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 98:1-4; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38 Let it be Mary’s “yes” is thoughtful and considered, but it is unqualified. She could have said “no”. That is the astounding power everyone possesses. Without the freedom to say “no”, love is not possible. Mary’s […]

Thursday 11 July

St Benedict, abbot Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29, 45:1-5; Psalm 105; Matthew 10:7-15 Signs and wonders The apostles are called to proclaim the kingdom of God and to do so freely. The Acts of the Apostles gives a rich picture of both what this entailed and how the apostles built up their fledgling churches through generous and […]

Tuesday 25 June

TWELFTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME Genesis 3:2, 5-18; Psalm 15; Matthew 7:6, 12-14 Knowledge means responsibility The Adam and Eve story in the book of Genesis has several layers of meaning. It is most commonly known as the story of the fall because, in choosing to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and […]

Sunday 23 June

THE FEAST OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST Genesis 14:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Psalm 110; Luke 9:11-17 The abundance of God The miracle of the loaves and fishes illustrates for us the abundant love that God has for us. It foreshadows the fullness of that love delivered to us in the gift of the […]

Sunday 9 June

PENTECOST SUNDAY — Vigil Mass Genesis 11:1-9; Romans 8:22-27; Psalm 104; John 7:37-39 The Promises Jesus promised to send his Spirit to be with us until the end of time. He promised to provide fountains of living water for those who believe in him. When Paul writes his epistle to the Romans, he speaks eloquently […]

Thursday 14 February

STS CYRIL & METHODIUS Genesis 2:18-25; Psalm 128; Mark 7:24-30 Walk in his ways The first reading presents us with an idyllic scene, where everything is perfect and all creation is balanced in harmony, for our first parents are innocent and perfectly contented before their fall. In contrast, the Gospel reading tells of a child […]

Monday 31 December

1 John 2:18-21; Psalm 95 (96):1-2, 11-13; John 1:1-18 The Word became flesh Surprisingly, in the prologue, Jesus did not become ‘a man’ in the sense of a male person, or even ‘a human person,’ but ‘flesh’ (sarx). ‘Flesh’ links the incarnation of Jesus with, not only human persons, but with all living creatures. ‘Flesh’ […]

Tuesday 25 December

Christmas Day Mass During the Day Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 97 (98):1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 Inserted in God’s cosmic story Jesus is not only a new-born human baby. The prologue (John 1:1-18) inserts him into God’s never ending, interconnected cosmic story in ways that recall both biblical and ancient cosmologies. ‘In the beginning’ evokes the […]

Saturday 8 December

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 97 (98):1-4; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38 God’s surprising activity Place this scene in its cosmic setting by imagining God and the Spirit suspended and waiting for Mary’s free response. She who has ‘found favour with God’ is not in Jerusalem […]

Sunday 10 June

TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Genesis 3:9-15, Psalm 129, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3, 20-35 The politics of fear In many of the gospel readings this last week we see Jesus criticised by fear-filled people. With two thousand years of hindsight, we have 20/20 vision. But how do we react today when someone offers spiritual […]