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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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Tuesday 28 August

St Augustine 2Thess. 2:1-3, 14-17; Psalm 96; Matthew 23:23-26 Learn every day We are imperfect pilgrims. Life and faith are long journeys. What we knew as certain truth as children, we discovered as false as adults. The map isn’t the journey. It is a guide that may get us there. Read today’s gospel and ask: […]

Wednesday 22 August

Queenship of Mary Ezekiel 34:1-11; Psalm 23; Matthew 20:1-16 A generous wage A just and living wage is important. The workers in the Vineyard were all paid exactly the same – no matter how long they worked. What an outrage! Or was it? The Owners response was: “Are you jealous because I am generous?” Do […]

Thursday 2 August

Jeremiah 18:1-6; Psalm 146; Matthew 13:47-53 A bit fishy I’ve always wondered about this parable. It seems such a waste – throwing those fish away because they are of no use. Then it paralleled to the end of life – the wicked and the upright are separated. I wonder how that is done – what […]