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Tag Archive for ‘grace’

Thursday 5 December

Isaiah 26:1-6; Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27; Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Fast and furious Some people laugh when they see road workers leaning on their shovels. But anyone who digs holes for a living understands. Digging foundations in rock does require persistence and determination. If you are doing it all day, it also requires a relaxed […]

Wednesday 4 December

Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalm 23; Matthew 15:29-37 My grace is enough for you God will always give us all that we need to do what he wants. If, at any time, the task seems beyond you, there are two possible explanations: the job, no matter how laudable, is not what God wants. OR, you are trying […]

Wednesday 30 October

Romans 8:26-30; Psalm 13; Luke 13:22-30 Only a few saved? Jesus, the “narrow door”, opens himself and his kingdom to those who love and serve him and their neighbour. He warns people who knowingly ignore his call: “I tell you, many will try and enter and will not succeed”. No one enters through Jesus on […]

Tuesday 29 October

Romans 8:18-25; Psalm 126; Luke 13:18-21 The Kingdom of God is like … Jesus describes the Kingdom of God with two images: a germinating mustard seed which grows into a shady tree; and yeast which leavens flour into dough. In Romans, Paul describes the wounded creation – “and all of us who possess the first-fruits […]

Sunday 27 October

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14, 16-19; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 The prayer of the humble Jesus’ victory over our sin and death, won for us by his death on the Cross, is revealed only to the humble in faith and heart. Worldly wisdom judges the Cross as a defeat. […]

Tuesday 22 October

Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21; Psalm 40; Luke 12:35-38 Grace was even greater While St Paul teaches that human sin and death are the bitter fruit of Adam’s original sin, he proclaims repeatedly, “it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free […]

Wednesday 16 October

St Margaret Mary Alacoque (OM) Romans 2:1-11; Psalm 62; Luke 11:42-46 May Christ live in your heart If you’ve wondered where the devotions to the nine first Fridays with Mass and Communion, the Holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration and the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus came from, they arose from the influence of […]

Tuesday 15 October

St Teresa of Jesus (M) Romans 1:16-25; Psalm 19:1-4; Luke 11: 37-41 Memorial: Romans 8:22-27; Psalm 19:8-11; John 15:1-8 Make your home in me St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) lived during unsettled times. As a young Carmelite, she needed to be “pruned” of her worldliness before receiving the grace of profound contemplative prayer centred on […]

Saturday 5 October

/p> Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29; Psalm 69; Luke 10:17-24 The eternal God reared you Baruch told the Jewish people that while their going into exile was due to their disobedience, God still loved them. In the Gospel, Jesus chastises Chorazin and Bethsaida (Jewish towns) for rejecting him. “For if the miracles had been done in Tyre […]

Saturday 7 September

Colossians 1:21-23; Psalm 54; Luke 6:1-5 Legalism and love Many times, we hear Jesus teaching his disciples that love is more important than the mere observance of the law. His most scathing words were for those who thought themselves holy because they scrupulously kept all the rules and despised those who were not able to […]