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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 […]

Friday 27 July

Jeremiah 3:14-17; Canticle Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12a-d, 13; Matthew 13:18-23 Blessed are those who hope in the Lord As the daily news reports bring us accounts of the sufferings of the peoples in the lands around Jerusalem in our times, we listen with heavy hearts to the promise of God in Jeremiah's prophecy. How do our […]

Saturday 7 July

Amos 9:11-15; Psalm 85; Matthew 9:14-17 Happy are those who follow the Lord Psalm 85 is a joyful hymn full of hope in the future of our salvation. It reflects the happy moment when the Israelite people returned from their exile in Babylon. Likewise, in the times when we may wander, we too can rejoice […]

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 […]