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Tag Archive for ‘Jerusalem’

Saturday 1 December

Apocalypse 22:1-7; Psalm 94 (95):1-7; Luke 21:34-36 Praying for strength The scene in Luke 21 shifts from Jerusalem and historical events to the whole world and the coming of the reign of God. Here, Luke calls to us to be alert and to pray. This gospel opens with the whole assembly of the people praying […]

Thursday 29 November

Apocalypse 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9; Ps 100; Luke 21:20-28 Confidence and hope Carrying on the theme of the destruction of Jerusalem, the very foundations of the world and powers of heaven are shaken. We are to take heed that ‘liberation is near at hand’. In the darkest hour, Jesus’ message of confidence and hope shines […]

Thursday 22 November

St Cecilia Apocalypse 5:1-10; Ps 149; Luke 19:41-44 Be at peace. Jesus laments that the very city whose name means peace, Jerusalem, fails to recognise God’s very agent of peace, himself. In times to come the consequences are catastrophic for the city. With each new day may we be open to a love that offers […]

Tuesday 21 August

Ezekiel 28:1-10; Canticle Deut. 32:1-12; Matthew 19:23-30 How much interest? Jesus is being frighteningly clear. If you are rich, it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for us to get to heaven. Whether the eye of the needle is the wee gate into Jerusalem or a […]

Tuesday 31 July

St Ignatius of Loyola Jeremiah 14:17-22; Psalm 79; Matthew 13:36-43 For the greater glory of God After his conversion from a military life to following the way of the gospels, Ignatius travelled overland on pilgrimage from his native Spain to Jerusalem. He must frequently have prayed Psalm 79 – Lord will you be angry forever? […]

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 24 March

Ezekiel 37:21-28; Canticle of Jeremiah 31:10-13; John 11:45-57 I shall rescue them … I shall cleanse them Jesus rested with his disciples in Ephraim before entering Jerusalem. Meanwhile, “the Chief Priests and Pharisees called a meeting. … From that day they were determined to kill him.” Their evil plans are subsumed into God’s plan! Jesus […]

Wednesday 14 March

Isaiah 49:8-15; Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18; John 5:17-30 The Lord consoles his people Isaiah was the voice of God’s consolation to Israel. Cyrus was chosen by God to free the captives from exile in Babylon, and return them to Jerusalem where God dwelt in the Temple. Jerusalem’s temple is surpassed by the fullness of God […]

Tuesday 6 February

WAITANGI DAY 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30; Psalm 84; Mark 7:1-13 God sees the heart In our first reading, Solomon prays that God will dwell in the Temple in Jerusalem and, so, bless the people who will worship there. But our Gospel reading reminds us how easily people can turn even what is holy into human […]

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 […]