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Saturday 12 January

1 John 5:14-21; Psalm 149:1-6, 9; John 3:22-30 Humility At least some of the Baptist’s disciples saw Jesus as a rival to John. But John saw no rivalry, and recognised his own place in the scheme of things. He acknowledged that Jesus would come to take centre-stage and he was happy about this. Humility is […]

Thursday 11 October

Galatians 3:1-5; Canticle Luke 2:29-32; Luke 11:5-13 Always Ready to Respond Most of us would perhaps be very reluctant to disturb any of our friends in the middle of the night, unless it was a matter of extreme necessity. Certainly, needing to offer hospitality to a visitor probably wouldn’t qualify as grounds for disturbing another […]

Saturday 4 November

St Charles Borromeo Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29; Psalm 94; Luke 14:1, 7-11. Accepting who I am The ‘wedding feast’ story today is a story of humility. We hear a lot about this virtue, but what is it? Thomas Aquinas said humility “is seeing ourselves as God sees us.” Often, we prefer to see ourselves as […]

Monday 18 September

1 Timothy 2:1-8, Psalm 28, Luke 7:1-10 Humble souls What part does prayer play in my faith life? Do I just shoot off a few petitionary prayers to heaven when something goes wrong? Am I stuck in my daily reflections on the Word, not getting anything out of them? Do I find the liturgy of […]

Tuesday 15 August

The Assumption of Mary Patronal Feast for Aotearoa New Zealand Apocalypse 11:19; 12:1-6, 10; Psalm 45B; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56 Humility and grace How fitting that Mary, the one chosen as the mother of our Redeemer, the Christ of God, should be gifted the fruits of our redemption from the moment of her conception, […]

Tuesday 8 August

St Mary of the Cross McKillop Colossians 3:12-17; Psalm 32; Matthew 6:25-34 God’s chosen There is a uniform to be worn by all God’s ‘chosen’: kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness. And over all these they are to put on, like a cloak or overcoat, love. Love alone is what will bind together and protect […]

Wednesday 26 April

St Mark, Evangelist 1 Peter 5:5-14; Psalm 89; Mark 16:15-20 Wrapped in humility Having the virtue of humility implies depending primarily on God rather than on one’s own efforts. It is a necessary virtue for all of us who are called to ‘proclaim the Good News to all creation.’ Our task is simply to live […]

Thursday 24 March

HOLY THURSDAY Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14, Ps 116B, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-15 I am pompous like Peter Would I want Jesus to wash my feet right now? Would I like a bit more time to appear more worthy? Would I want to wash the feet of someone who has […]

Tuesday 23 February

Saint Polycarp Isaiah 1:10, 16-20, Ps.50, Matthew 23:1-12 Humility When Richie McCaw retired and Jonah Lomu died, the adjective most used to describe them was “humble.” The importance of humility, and the damning effects of its lack, feature prominently in Our Lord’s teaching ministry. Humility puts everything in perspective. It is to understand who we […]

Christian Humanism

Christian Humanism Recently Pope Francis spoke to a Congress of Italian Bishops. Among many things he said were some comments on the theme of humanism. In other words, what makes a good person. He did not want to  get in to abstract language but he wanted  in his words “to present with simplicity some features […]