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Tag Archive for ‘Israel’

Thursday 16 August

Ezekiel 12: 1-12; Psalm 78; Matthew 18:21-19:1 Give me time Psalm 78 describes Israel’s past. Matthew describes the unforgiving debtor. Both stories are about the compassion and love of God and those who didn’t quite hear and understand the point of God’s encounter with them. God gives us all. We want more. God shows us […]

Thursday 12 July

Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9; Psalm 80; Matthew 10:7-15 The loving kindness of God encloses me What a wonderful image of God is presented to us by the prophet Hosea. Despite the times Israel turned away to follow foreign gods, the loving kindness of God enclosed them. The image is of a parent teaching a child how […]

Monday 5 March

2 Kings 5:1-15; Psalm 42:2-3, & 42:3-4; Luke 4:24-30 Elisha and Elijah foreshadow Jesus of Nazareth, the holy One of God Both Naaman the leper and the widow of Zarephath were foreigners and pagans. Both were helped by the prophets, and both came to faith in the One, Holy God of Israel because they were […]

Monday 26 February

Daniel 9:4-10; Psalm 79; Luke 6:36-38 Repentance demands action In our first reading, Daniel acknowledges that Israel has sinned by turning away from God and thereby betraying God’s covenant with Israel. But it is easy to say “Sorry” even in a prayer to God! That is why, in our Gospel reading, Jesus makes it clear […]

Friday 9 February

1 Kings 11:29-32, 12:19; Psalm 81; Mark 7:31-37 The divided made whole Because Solomon strayed from God’s way, because Solomon was deaf to God’s words and his tongue dumb to God’s commands, God’s judgement comes to pass; with Solomon’s death, Israel is divided. Ten tribes of Israel are given to Jeroboam; the remnant remained with […]

Thursday 8 February

1 Kings 11:4-13; Psalm 106; Mark 7:24-30 The master’s table Solomon grew old and strayed from God’s way. In so doing, Solomon incurred God’s judgement: under his son, Israel will be divided and his son will rule only over a remnant of Israel. From this remnant, God will still work to bring about salvation for […]

Friday 2 February

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-32 Jesus: light and judge In our gospel reading, the child Jesus enters the Temple in Jerusalem. Simeon recognises Jesus as the one whose promised coming was alluded to by the prophet Malachi. Simeon beholds the child who will save Israel […]

Tuesday 16 May

Acts 14:19-28; Psalm 145; John 14:27-31 My peace I give you We sometimes forget that Jesus was a faithful Jew who observed the Law handed down within Israel from generation to generation. In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the faithful Jewish teacher, addresses his Jewish disciples and the Jewish crowds gathered to hear his words. He offered […]

Saturday 10 December

Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4, 9-11; Psalm 80; Matthew17: 10-13 Visit us God Today’s Psalm: ‘O shepherd of Israel hear us, shine forth from your cherubim throne. God of hosts, turn again we implore. Look down from heaven and see. Visit this vine and protect it.’ As I read this Psalm, I am struck by the verbs used […]

Monday 12 September

The Holy Name of Mary 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33, Ps 40, Luke 7:1-10 A Marian Church The Roman centurion is an outsider. His nationality, culture, and occupation place him outside the people of Israel. Yet the centurion believes when the insiders do not. Again the disciple learns that Christ chooses the stones rejected by the […]