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Tag Archive for ‘grace’

Friday 30 November

St Andrew, Apostle Romans 10:9-18; Ps 19A; Matthew 4:18-22 The call The founding of the Church by Jesus first comes from his gathering of disciples through his call to them. This call continues today and we pray people everywhere will respond with the same generosity shown by the first Apostles; Andrew being one. Church life […]

Tuesday 13 November

Titus 2:1-8, 11-14; Ps 37; Luke 17:7-10 Our expectations We do not have claim to God’s graciousness. Don’t be dominated by expectations; you’ll only be disappointed. Instead, be thankful and allow God’s grace to be enough for you. As St Teresa of Avila says, ‘The one who has God, lacks nothing’.

Monday 5 November

Philippians 2:1-4; Ps 131; Luke 14:12-14 The gift freely given When something is freely given, one must have a generosity of heart that does not exact a reward. The gift of God’s grace, in itself, is enough; to exact a reward only cheapens it.

Sit and Sip

On my recent retreat the theme that challenged me was to ‘sit and sip’. It centred on ‘having a cup of tea’! All very innocuous we might think, but a full cup of wisdom present. The expression that focussed the retreat was part of Thich Nhat Hanh’s theme of ‘mindfulness’. That is, being mindful to […]

Saturday 27 October

Ephesians 4:7-16; Psalm 122; Luke 13:1-9 A Community of Love Today’s first reading reminds us of three great truths: each of us has been given our own share of grace by Christ; we have not all been given the same “share of grace” but have received different gifts; and so we need each other to […]

Sunday 21 October

29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45 Favours or Trust? There’s an old saying that we need to be careful what we wish for. James and John would have done well to bear that in mind when they asked Jesus for a favour because, as he quickly points out, […]

Tuesday 25 September

Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13; Psalm 119A; Luke 8:19-21 Walking the best path It is a source of joy that those who listen to the preaching of Jesus, and live accordingly, enter into a real relationship with him. As such, they belong to the family of God. The Book of Proverbs teaches a practical morality. Reflecting on […]

Wednesday 5 September

1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Psalm 33; Luke 4:38-44 Flawed but called There is an interesting word in English meaning ‘not perfect’ or ‘illogical’ or ‘there is a fault.’ E.g. I buy a table and on getting it home discover that there is the beginnings of a large crack at one end, which I had not noticed. […]

Monday 6 August

The Transfiguration of the Lord Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 97;2 Peter 1:16-19; Mark 9:2-10 Sound…. Light… Action Transfiguration is “a complete change of appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.” The light of Christ transfigures us. The question is, from what to what or from whom to whom? The Greek word for transfiguration “metamorphoó” […]

Friday 18 May

Acts 25:13-21; Psalm 103; John 21:15-19 Restored and forgiven When trust has been betrayed it can take a long time to restore and sometimes the relationship is never fully the same again. Jesus shows that he fully accepts the contrition of Simon Peter by trusting him with the greatest of responsibilities. How do I relate […]