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Thursday 25 October

Ephesians 3:14-21; Psalm 33; Luke 12:49-53 Being Whole-Hearted If we occasionally have dreams that following Jesus means a life of sweetness, gentleness and tranquility, today’s Gospel passage is a good one to re-read. Behind the violent and aggressive language of Jesus, there is a message: being his disciple means making hard choices; it means being […]

Wednesday 24 October

Ephesians 3:2-12; Canticle Isaiah12:1-6; Luke 12:39-48 Making Good Use of the Gift Our faith and the gifts God has given each of us are great gifts – but they are not our possessions. They have been given to us to be used – both for our own growth as disciples and for the good of […]

Monday 22 October

Ephesians 2:1-10; Psalm 100; Luke 12:13-21 Identifying Our Priorities We are constantly bombarded in advertising and the media with offers we can’t refuse; with opportunities that will make us safe and secure for life; with the promise that we will be happy if we only seize the moment. Happiness is a good thing; an appropriate […]

Saturday 13 October

Galatians 3:22-29; Psalm 105; Luke 11:27-28 Hearing the Word and Keeping It Jesus is not an easy person to praise. The woman who calls out in today’s Gospel is implicitly acknowledging how good he is, by praising his mother – and in the culture of the time (as today) that is very high praise indeed. […]

Tuesday 9 October

Galatians 1:13-24; Psalm 139; Luke 10:38-42 Focussed in the Wrong Direction It’s hard not to feel sympathy for Martha – she’s flat out showing hospitality to Jesus while her sister, Mary, apparently does nothing to help but sits down and listens to Jesus. Sympathy aside, we can easily become Marthas in terms of our approach […]

Can You Bear It?

Morris and Esther went to the fair every year, and every year Morris would say, “Esther I’d like to ride in that helicopter.”  Esther always replied, “I know Morris but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.” One year Esther and Morris went to the fair and Morris said, “Esther, […]

Saturday 22 September

1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49; Psalm 56; Luke 8:4-15 Striving to do good Sloth, or laziness of mind, happens when a person is not disciplined, especially with their eyes, with their ears, their taste and their touch. When this happens, a person loses interest in the spiritual life. The higher part of their being, the intellect, […]

Friday 7 September

1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Psalm 37; Luke 5:33-39 Offering truth Pope Francis has said that truth is like a precious stone: offer it in your hand, and it draws others to you; hurl it at someone, and it causes injury. Perhaps this can be seen in the images of the new cloth and the new wine. […]

Saturday 1 September

Twenty First Week in Ordinary Time 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Psalm 33; Matthew 25:14-30 The increasing gift This is not a ‘feel good’ story but is in fact tragic. Perhaps what we are being invited to reflect upon is that in the spiritual world there is a differing logic from physical reality. This parable is about […]


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