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Tag Archive for ‘Israel’

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 […]

Monday 27 June

Amos 2:6-10, 13-16; Ps 50; Matthew 8:18-22 The narrow path The prophet Amos condemns Israel for its greed, which is sucking the poor dry. The rights of ordinary people are being trampled underfoot by the rich and powerful. But the day of reckoning is coming and, on that day, the Lord will crush the proud. […]

Saturday 25 June

Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Ps. 74; Matthew 8:5-17 Repentance and faithfulness Israel rejects God’s Word and, so, finds itself in exile. Jerusalem is laid waste. The land of Israel is bereft of its ancient glory. Only by the road of repentance will Israel find its way back to God. In the Gospel reading, Jesus is […]

Thursday 9 June

1 Kings 18:41-46; Ps. 65; Matthew 5:20-26 Life demands respect Elijah prays to God, and God ends the terrible drought that has plagued Israel for almost three years. God brings life, but that life demands we treat others becomingly; and so, in the Gospel reading, Jesus teaches his listeners that life with God means more […]

Wednesday 8 June

1 Kings 18:20-39; Ps. 16; Matthew 5:17-19 Return to the Lord On Mount Carmel Elijah reveals to the people of Israel the living God and, so, wins them back to the ways of the God of their ancestors. In the Gospel reading Jesus makes it clear: he is not setting up a new religion. Like […]

Monday 14th December

St John of the Cross [M] Num 24:2-7, 15-17 many neighbours of Israel see God speaks to them. Balaam has a glimpse but does not know God. Who am I like? Mt 21:23-27 even priests and elders who claim to be religious are deprived of the knowledge of God. They hear but do not understand. […]

The Acts of God

Part One : God Working Through Jesus The Earliest Years “AKA The Gospel of  Luke”   Dearest Friends of God, There have been several chronicles relating how Jesus toiled among us. In my studies of them, I have found that all these have been written by either eyewitnesses or early servants of the Word. Having scrutinised […]