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Tag Archive for ‘Israel’

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 […]

Thursday 30 June

Amos 7:10-17; Ps. 19B; Matthew 9:1-8 God’s judgement is just The people of Israel wanted the prophet Amos to preach elsewhere. This Amos was unable to do because he was sent to prophesy against Israel for straying from God’s ways. In the Gospel reading, Jesus shows he can heal both body and soul. For those […]

Tuesday 28 June

Memorial of St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12; Ps. 5; Matthew 8:23-27 God’s Word is effective Nothing can stop the prophet Amos from proclaiming God’s Word even if what he says is not what Israel wants to hear. Nothing will stop God’s Word from doing what it sets out to do. Jesus calms […]