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Sunday 15 December

3rd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 35:1-6, 10; Psalm 146:6-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 Prophets in fine clothes? Where are today’s “deserted places”? Have you been there to look for prophets recently? If you have, did you see one? They are out there, alright. Is it at all possible the homeless are today’s prophets calling us […]

Saturday 10 August

St Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr (f) 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm 112; John 12:24-26 Where I am, my servant will be there too Are we servant disciples? St Paul makes it clear that giving is a matter of freedom, and we are not to give grudgingly. He assures the Corinthians that God never forgets our efforts. Jesus […]

Monday 15 April

Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27; John 12:1-11 Very costly ointment We need tenderness in our life of faith. Tenderness reaches into the reservoir of love in us and in the other. I noticed the other morning how carefully this young student held the hand of a homeless man crossing the street. Our daily life is punctuated […]

Thursday 23 August

Ezekiel 36:23-28; Psalm 51; Matthew 22:1-14 Do more than show up Those invited didn’t show up. So Jesus invites the poor, the homeless, the rejected, the outcasts, the left out to his banquet. They showed up. Maybe it was because they were really hungry and knew they needed something? Then one poor guest gets thrown […]

Christmas Homecoming

‘Homecoming’ is a word we often associate with Christmas, as families gather, re-connect and celebrate. There is something warming about the thought of homecoming, something settling, something healing and wholesome. In September 2017, the United Nations’ Refugee Agency reported that there are 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, there are 22.5 million refugees, 10 million […]

Sunday 14 May

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 6:1-7; Psalm 33; 1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12 We are God's own people What a wonderful affirmation we have from Peter – he assures us that we are a chosen race – God's own people! What is my response? In Acts, Paul describes the response of the first century Christians […]

Friday 5 May

Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 117; John 6:52-59 Welcoming the stranger As Paul travelled along the road to the ancient Syrian city of Damascus, he was struck to the ground by a bright light. Today's traveller could be struck by a missile fired by government troops or by rebel groups, as this city has for five years […]

The Work of St Vincent de Paul

By Catherine  McClintock What does “homeless” mean?  What is a “homeless family”?  Until 10 years ago I did not understand the meaning of either but after 71/2 years working as Manager at de Paul House in Northcote Auckland and being a Board member for 4 years previous to that, I now have a greater appreciation […]

Friday 4 July

Amos 8:4-6, 9-12;Ps 119a; Matthew 9:9-13 Compassion Jesus invites Matthew to follow Him. The Pharisees question his preference for the less privileged. Is that an eye opener for us? He cures the sick, casts out demons, forgives sinners, counsels the worried. There are many who, through their work, often voluntary, with the handicapped and sick, […]

De Paul House: a new chapter in our history

Keeping families together Finding yourself homeless is probably something most of us can’t or don’t want to imagine. At de Paul House sadly it’s our daily business; we receive up to 10 calls per day from homeless families seeking accommodation. The people calling could be your brother, your sister or your son or daughter as […]