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Tuesday 7 June

1 Kings 17:7-16; Psalm 4: 2-3, 4-5, 7b-8m; Matthew 5:13-16 Influence the world for good Does the Sermon on the Mount teach us to be shrinking violets? Not at all, if we are to believe Jesus’ compelling images of salt and light. We are meant to be in the thick of things, in the front […]

Saturday 23 April

EASTER OCTAVE Acts 4:13-21; Psalm 118: Mark 16:9-15 Go tell the good news The eleven that Jesus has chosen to follow him – the Apostles – are gathered at table. He appears to them- some have already seen him, but some haven’t and he chastises them for not accepting the word of the others. Perhaps […]

‘The Missionary Race’

The Poyntons of New Zealand In December 1931, the Marist Messenger carried an article about Mary and John Poynton, who came to New Zealand from Australia in 1828. It is re-printed here, adapted and abridged. ‘The Missionary Race’ refers to people exiled from Ireland. Sydney, 1828 Among the close-knit Irish Catholics of Sydney in 1828, […]

Friday 5 November

Romans 15:14-21; Psalm 98; Luke 16:1-8 Spread the good news Paul reminds us of the importance of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, and to do this in a humble way. We should not do so to gain glory for ourselves. If we see that another person has already done a good job, then […]

Wednesday 27 October

Romans 8:26-30; Psalm 13; Luke 13:22-30 I hope in your loving kindness There is urgency in Jesus’ words as he makes his way to Jerusalem. He knows his time is limited and there is so much still to be done. We know ourselves that there is never enough time, yet we still waste so much […]

Friday 3 September

St Gregory the Great (M) Colossians 1:15-20; Psalm 100; Luke 5:33-39 Mature like a good red wine Covid 19 changed many aspects of our lives and our church. Previously familiar and ‘essential’ liturgies and social practices ceased. We chose to act differently, do the right thing and be mature about our choices. Today the Spirit […]

Saturday 20 February

Isaiah 58:9-14; Psalm 86:1-6; Luke 5:27-32 Levi, a good man Todays’ gospel acknowledges Jesus’ gift of seeing the goodness even in a despised tax collector. “Levi, follow me.” Levi left everything and obeyed. Inviting a social outcast into Jesus’ team is an encouragement. It gives us a feeling of acceptance and a sense of belonging […]

Monday 30 December

1 John 2:12-17; Psalm 96:7-10; Luke 2:36-40 Good things worth waiting for Luke is not kidding when he says Anna’s days of girlhood were well over. She was 84! The extraordinary thing about being a follower of Christ is that it isn’t over till it’s over. You are never too old to be surprised by […]

Friday 6 December

St Nicholas (Om) Isaiah 29:17-24; Psalm 2671, 4, 13-14; Matthew 9:27-31 No harm in asking There are many well-documented instances of faith, healing and faith healers. Why doesn’t it always work? It is not necessarily because you lack faith. Sometimes what you want is not possible. Sometimes it would not be good for you. No […]

Wednesday 6 November

Romans 13:8-10; Psalm 112; Luke 14:25-33 The cost of discipleship So often Jesus reminds his disciples that they shouldn’t be fooled by the adoring crowds, by his popularity. Being a disciple is not an easy path to follow. To follow Christ requires courage and determination. It requires a constant daily effort to be faithful. The […]