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Tag Archive for ‘grace’

Sunday 10 February

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 Following him Saying ‘yes’ to God and following Christ wholeheartedly is not for the faint-hearted! While we may feel unworthy, as did Peter, or wretched and lost, as was Isaiah, the Lord still says to us, ‘follow me’. Just as with […]

Astounding Grace

A new year tends to be a time of reflection. We’ve just celebrated another birthing of Christ Jesus in our lives and our faith is touched by a freshness, a feeling that we are at home with the Holy Family. The months ahead promise growth. The year will also deliver hard work. Living in this […]

Friday 1 February

Week 3 in Ordinary Time Hebrews 10:32-39; Psalm 37; Mark 4:26-34 Something better Wonders of creation, such as seeds sprouting, growing and producing crops, speak to us of God’s reign increasing. The reign of God grows slowly, almost unnoticeably, and, to the eyes of faith, surely. The eyes of faith see signs of hope everywhere, […]

Thursday 31 January

ST JOHN BOSCO Hebrews 10:19-25; Psalm 23 (24):1-6; Mark 4:21-25 The Lamp It takes one small candle to break the deepest darkness. God wants us to shine in the darkness so people can see convincing signs of hope, love, justice and mercy with their own eyes. If God asks this of us, he will give […]

Friday 25 January

THE CONVERSION OF ST PAUL Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22; Psalm 116 (117): Mark 16:15-18 Conversion Not all conversions are sudden. Sometimes conversion comes like the dawn, slowly and even imperceptibly. But the grace of conversion does come, and it has an element of wonder and surprise because it is essentially a change of thinking. […]

Wednesday 16 January

Hebrews 2:14-18; Psalm 104 (105):1-4, 6-9; Mark 1:29-39 Humanity of Jesus Jesus became one of us. He is like us, he is close to us. We can be close to him, we can even identify with him. Because Jesus is fully human, God has come so close to humanity and to each one of us. […]

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 […]