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Being Childlike

One day at Mass two little girls went up at communion time to receive a blessing. I saw them shyly wave to a couple sitting in front of me, who must have been their grandparents. After the blessing the shyness was gone and they rushed up to the couple, ran into their pew and hugged […]

Tuesday 14 November

Wisdom 2:23-3:9; Psalm 34; Luke 17: 7-10 In the hands of God In this month of the Holy Souls, we recall the good people gone before us. They are the virtuous, as the Book of Wisdom describes them. They are in the hands of God. He has found them worthy. In the words of Jesus […]

Monday 26 December

St Stephen Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Psalm 31; Matthew 10:17-22 Receive my spirit The stoning of Stephen is in contrast to the peace and joy of Bethlehem. Stephen was the first to follow in the steps of Christ in martyrdom. Like Jesus, Stephen died forgiving and praying for his executioners. As he died he prayed, ‘Lord […]

Can you bear it?

Ever since he was little, a man always had a fear of someone under his bed at night. So he went to a counsellor and told him, ‘I’ve got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there’s somebody under it. I’m scared. I think I’m going nuts.’ ‘Just put yourself in my hands […]

Friday 30 September

St Jerome Job 38:1, 12-21, 40:3-5, Ps 139, Luke 10:13-16 Psalm 113:7 We end the month at the beginning. Every disciple is just a man or woman with no claim on God. Job’s silence in front of the majesty of God shows the poverty of the disciple. Prayer begins and ends with the disciple sitting […]

Tuesday 6 September

1 Corinthians 6:1-11, Ps 149, Luke 6:12-19 A disciple prays in the hills over one night Prayer is kneeling before the Father not knowing which 12 companions to choose. Prayer is resting with open hands. Prayer is brutal honesty. Prayer is enduring the pain of being empty. Prayer is the opening of the tomb. Prayer […]

Wednesday 31 August

1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Ps 33; Luke 4:38-55 God made things grow T.W. Mason wrote: “The living Christ still has two hands, one to point the way, and the other to hold out to help us along the way.” As fellow workers with God we may from time to time feel like the busy-busy day that […]

Wednesday 6 July

Hosea 10:1-3, 7- 8, 12; Ps 105; Matthew 10: 1-7 God’s kingdom is at hand! How like the apostles can we be? Can we heal, as they could, with Jesus’ authority? Maybe some of us could help in practical ways – but we can all be part of a bigger effort. We can pray for […]

Sunday 15 May

Pentecost Acts 2:1-11, Ps 104, 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13, John 20:19-23 Come Holy Spirit Picture this. Scared, lost disciples. Locked doors. Depression, despair and fear. The impossible happens. Jesus is there. He cups his strong scarred hands, blows on them and breathes the Spirit over them. They breathe in deeply and grow in stature, joy […]

Sunday 1 May

Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 15:1-2, 22-29, Ps 67, Apocalypse 21:10-14, 22-23, John 14:23-29 ‘Do not be worried’ Worry is a worry. We worry about health, wealth, today, tomorrow, our family. When worry begins we only have seconds to prevent it taking over our minds/body/spirit as adrenalin kicks in. Worry derives from an Old English […]