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Tag Archive for ‘hope’

Sunday 9 June

PENTECOST SUNDAY — Vigil Mass Genesis 11:1-9; Romans 8:22-27; Psalm 104; John 7:37-39 The Promises Jesus promised to send his Spirit to be with us until the end of time. He promised to provide fountains of living water for those who believe in him. When Paul writes his epistle to the Romans, he speaks eloquently […]

Wednesday 15 May

Acts 12:24-13:5; Psalm 67; John 12:44-50 Tūmanako – hope A lovely word and concept. When we are bewildered by awful world events, by chronic pain or family bereavement, Jesus' words bring hope. The word of God our Creator is conveyed to us by Jesus Christ, God's Son. He didn't come to judge but to save […]

Saturday 23 February

ST POLYCARP, BISHOP AND MARTYR Hebrews 11:1-7; Psalm 145; Mark 9:2-13 Unseen realities It is faith that gives meaning to our lives and that assures us of the ‘blessings we hope for’. The ultimate blessing, foreshadowed on the mount of the transfiguration, is the new creation in Christ Jesus, our bodies and lives transformed in […]

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 […]

Tuesday 22 January

Hebrews 6:10-20; Psalm 110 (111):1-2, 4-5, 9, 10; Mark 2:23-28 Hope Hope is a gift from God. It sustains us in confusion and apparent failure. It calls us forward when we are weary and despondent. When we trust we are freed to love. Hope is indeed the anchor of the soul, and the stormy waves […]

Friday 18 January

Hebrews 4:1-5, 11; Psalm 77 (78):3-4, 6-8; Mark 2:1-12 Forgiveness What can we do about our sins? Our memories keep bringing them back. We fail when we try to kid ourselves that we didn’t really sin anyway. Jesus offers us forgiveness. It is something he offers and wants to give. It removes sin, like taking […]

Thursday 29 November

Apocalypse 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9; Ps 100; Luke 21:20-28 Confidence and hope Carrying on the theme of the destruction of Jerusalem, the very foundations of the world and powers of heaven are shaken. We are to take heed that ‘liberation is near at hand’. In the darkest hour, Jesus’ message of confidence and hope shines […]

Tuesday 27 November

Apocalypse 14:14-19; Ps 96; Luke 21:5-11 False attractions In amongst all the disasters that occur in our world, the disciple is not to lose hope in Jesus. That hope is built on a solid intimate relationship that will not be overcome by the attraction of false prophets or saviours.

Friday 17 August

Ezekiel 16: 1-15, 59-63, Canticle Isaiah 12:1-6; Matthew 19:3-12 The question about divorce I’ve been to many weddings. Love is palpable and alive. The promises the couple make are full of hope. Marriages are wonderful causes of celebration. The ceremony, photos and banquet are life-giving and beautiful. Then life changes. Dreams die. Relationships fracture and […]

Friday 10 August

2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm 111; John 12:24-26 Unless a wheat grain dies Archbishop Oscar Romero preached on this gospel at his last mass. In his homily he said “all that we cultivate on earth, if we nourish it with Christian hope, will never be a failure.” Shortly after, he was shot and killed. Dead, because […]