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Sunday 4 February

FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147A; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39 The Lord our hope In our first reading, Job gives voice to the toil and anxieties that so often weigh down our human existence, which is passing away “swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.” If our hope is only for […]

Hope … keeps life upright

I would like to reflect with you on the enemies of hope, because hope has its enemies, as every good in this world has its enemies. And there came to mind the ancient myth of Pandora’s box. The opening of the box set off so many disasters for the history of the world. Few, however, […]

Friday 1 December

Daniel 7:2-14; Daniel 3:75–81; Luke 21 29–33 Seeing the signs It is usually not possible for us to know what is going to happen in the future. When we look back at events we can say “why didn’t I see that coming!” Our faith tells us that eventually all will pass away, our own human […]

Sunday 26 November

Christ the King Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25:31-46 Your Kingdom come Kings we’ve read about, or even experienced, are a mixed bunch. The good kings are in fairy tales – the king who knows and loves his people, who cares for them. He ensures they are happy. And people […]

Wednesday 1 November

All Saints Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 Your faithful people Today we rejoice in our ‘saints’ – citizens of Heaven. These are the saints we are named after, pray to often, read about. We number, too, all the good people we have known – our parents and friends and family […]

Monday 7 August

Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Numbers 11:4-15; Psalm 81; Matthew 11:13-21 There is a time for grieving Following the death of his cousin, John, Jesus sought time and space to grieve. The needs of others overtook his own need, and his pity would nourish the people crowding round him, gifting them with hope and recharging […]

Francis Speaks on Hope

The Word of God nourishes a hope that is translated concretely in sharing and in mutual service.

Sunday 28 May

ASCENSION OF THE LORD World Communication Day28 May – 4 June:Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20 On World Communication Day, Pope Francis has encouraged us 'to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on “bad news.” … […]

Francis speaks on Hope

Do not worry about tomorrow Matthew 6:24-34 is a firm reminder to entrust yourself to God — do not forget: entrust yourself to God — who takes care of the living beings in Creation. He provides food for all the animals, looks after the lilies and grass of the field (cf. vv. 26-28); his beneficent […]

Friday 14 April

Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 31; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 We are healed Through Our Lord’s death on the cross, through his perfect sacrifice, we find healing, not just once, but over and over, as many times as we turn away from our sinfulness and back to him. At the moment of our death […]