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Wednesday 26 September

Proverbs 30:5-9; Psalm 119 H; Luke 9:1-6 Single-heartedness A common theme from today’s readings seems to be purity, or, single-heartedness. The word ‘alloy’ is in the reading from Proverbs. Alloy – a metal that is a blend of pure metals as in the case of bronze made from copper and tin. God’s Word is unalloyed, […]

Monday 24 September

Proverbs 3:27-34; Psalm 15; Luke 8:16-18 Trust the Word’s goodness The parable of the lamp makes clear that Christians are not passive hearers of the Word. When enlightenment is received the disciple is to allow it to give light to others. It is tempting to enclose our faith into a private box within. We are […]

Thursday 20 September

Sts Andrew Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Psalm 118; Luke 7:36-50 Believe in God’s goodness Simon the Pharisee invites Jesus to the table. Simon offers minimal hospitality. In contrast, the woman has been unselfconsciously generous in her display of respect and affection for Jesus. She is humble and contrite. She can […]

Thursday 16 August

Ezekiel 12: 1-12; Psalm 78; Matthew 18:21-19:1 Give me time Psalm 78 describes Israel’s past. Matthew describes the unforgiving debtor. Both stories are about the compassion and love of God and those who didn’t quite hear and understand the point of God’s encounter with them. God gives us all. We want more. God shows us […]

Our Three Divine Friends

However much we may get to know about God, even know God in a true personal way, God always remains a mystery. “Mystery” is almost another name for God. But a mystery of love, a mystery of incomprehensible goodness. For God: “Loved the world (us) so much that He gave his only Son” so that […]

Friday 16 March

Wisdom 2:1,12-22; Psalm 34:16, 18, 19-21, 23; John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 It was he who sent me As Lent deepens, the struggle between good (virtue) and evil (sin) comes into the open. In the reading from Wisdom, evil forces lie in wait to strike down those who live virtuously. Jesus – who embodies the wisdom […]

Wednesday 31 January

St John Bosco 2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17; Psalm 32; Mark 6:1-6 A prophet is only despised in his own country Jesus arrived home at Nazareth and taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Goodness gracious! came the cry, this man is good! But is he trying to be smart? He should know his place. Anyway, […]

Monday 6 November

Romans 11:29-36; Psalm 69; Luke 14:12-14. God is SO generous Paul tells the Romans that everything that exists comes from God. I know that, but how often do I stop and remember? What is the greatest gift God has given me? My life? My friends? My family? A sunny day? Perhaps it is God’s mercy […]

Thursday 12 October

Malachi 3:13-20; Psalm 1; Luke 11:5-13 Persistence God persists in his goodness towards us. The story that Jesus unravels about God towards us, is a deepening of his teaching about prayer. Prayer is about becoming present to the Presence. A presence that persists in care for us. Surely, one of the ways we relax, is […]

Tuesday 26 September

Ezra 6:7-8,12,14-20, Psalm 122, Luke 8:19-21 Trust in God Paradoxically, this truth about the mission of Jesus Christ comes to be known through building up family and parish life. Churches need family and parish life but the Word of God cannot be bound even by this goodness. Few are called to cut ties with their […]