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Tag Archive for ‘Jerusalem’

Tuesday 26 November

Daniel 2:31-45; Canticle of Danie1 3:1-3 or Daniel 3:57-61; Luke 21:5-11 The credibility of Jesus By the time Luke wrote his Gospel, about 70-80AD, the temple in Jerusalem no longer existed. It had been destroyed by the Roman armies in retribution for an uprising by Jewish rebels. And it remains destroyed until this day. Knowing […]

Thursday 21 November

Presentation of Mary [M] 1 Maccabees 2:15-29; Psalm 50; Luke 19:41-44 Dedication to the Lord Mary was dedicated in the Temple in Jerusalem to the faith of her forebears. It was a faith nourished by the word of the Law and the Prophets. But as she grew and matured in her faith she knew she […]

Wednesday 20 November

2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31; Psalm 17; Luke 19:11-28 Reward follows sacrifice It would be so easy to miss the references to Jerusalem at the beginning and end of this parable. Jerusalem – where Jesus was to offer his life so that others could have life. If we keep our faith to ourselves we are not […]

Monday 14 October

Romans 1:1-7; Psalm 98; Luke 11:29-32 Jesus, the sign of Jonah In the Old Testament, Jonah preached to the Assyrians of Nineveh; and the Queen of Sheba visited Jerusalem to listen to the wisdom of Solomon. The pagan Assyrians repented and were saved. The pagan Queen was entranced by the graced wisdom of Solomon. Jesus […]

Wednesday 25 September

Ezra 9:5-9; Canticle: Tobit 13; Luke 9:1-6 When I am poor then I am rich In different ways Jesus and Ezra have the same message for us: when we are poor and depend on God for everything we are truly blessed. It must have been somewhat frightening for Jesus’ little band to depart without any […]

Monday 10 June

MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH Acts 1:12-14; Judith 13:18-19; John 19:25-27 Mary present in the Church Mary was present at the major events of Jesus life. She was obviously there at his birth. She stood by the cross as he died and she was present with the disciples when he ascended to heaven. Mary was […]

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 […]