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Sunday 25 August

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalm 117; Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30 The narrow door Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians persecuted for belief in Jesus and frustrated that he had not returned. They had drooping hands and weak knees! What a great image of the discouragement in faith we sometimes feel. Suffering […]

Thursday 23 May

Acts 15:7-21; Psalm 96; John 15:9-1 1 Aroha mai, Aroha atu — Love, Love Love, given and received, is mentioned in the readings which are building towards Christ's passion. We need Christ as the vine, for life and sustenance. Christ needs us – the branches – to be his voice and his hands. Our love […]

Thursday 2 May

St Athanasius Acts 5:27-33; Psalm 34; John 3:31-36 A better world Today's message, that we must obey God, rather than any human authority, is clear. So much legislation, and local body by-laws proposed for public discussion, are dubious. Abortion, euthanasia, liberal drug use – are some proposals. What does God want for his people? We […]

Wednesday 24 April

Acts 3:1-10; Psalm 105; Luke 24:13-35 They told their story Jesus displays his bodily resurrection, showing hands and feet as he offers Peace. Our faith in God is never an abstraction but involves all of us, hands and feet included. It is peacemaking to appreciate again and again, our story of what has happened to […]

The Winter of God, by James K Baxter,

The winter of middle age is sent to us so that we should learn to throw our natural youth as a willing sacrifice on the bonfire and grow young again in God. It is only those who cling desperately to the natural level – to a sexuality that may be inopportune, to material possessions, to […]

A School for Prayer (18)

The Way of the Body St Dominic and the ‘Nine Ways of Prayer’ (1) The Body at Prayer By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 An important but little-known book takes us a step further in experiencing the ways of Christian prayer. The book relates how St Dominic prayed. Domingo de Guzman (Dominic) was […]

Friday 2 November

All Souls’ Day Psalms and Readings for each Mass are selected from the Lectionary. Day of intercession This is a powerful day of intercession for the Church. We, the living, have the duty to remember that those who died are placed firmly in the hands of God. Those gentle hands of Mercy are enough to […]

Sunday 2 September

Twenty Second Week in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalm 15; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15, 21-23 Purity of motive God’s laws shape our moral and spiritual lives. In the Gospel, Jesus explains this by way of the example of cultural purity and, in particular, food and hygiene. In fact, he explains that the […]

Tuesday 24 July

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Psalm 85; Matthew 12:46-50 Who is my neighbour? Today we are standing outside with Mary and some of the disciples listening to Jesus preach and heal. When his attention is drawn to our presence, he stretches his hands and embraces us as his family, his next-of-kin, if we are doing what God […]

Friday 13 July

Hosea 14:2-10; Psalm 51; Matthew 10:16-23 Guided by the Spirit In the gospel reading today Jesus describes in great detail the many ways in which his followers would suffer at the hands of those who opposed him – enough to put them off being followers! Similarly in our troubled world we could take fright at […]