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Tag Archive for ‘Jerusalem’

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 […]

Saturday 30 December

1 John 2:12-17; Psalm 96; Luke 2:36-40 Anna in the temple Today we meet yet another witness to the birth of Jesus – the holy one of God. Anna the prophetess who recognised Jesus as the one who will deliver Jerusalem and the whole world from the oppression of sin. As an old woman she […]

Tuesday 3 October

Zechariah 8:20-23; Psalm 87 ; Luke 9:51-56 A new start The trouble with retaliation, is that at first glance, it can all seem justified. Yet imagine a world, a country, a community and a family, free of the need to justify and retaliate. Jesus invites us to such a reality, not just to imagine this […]

Thursday 25 May

Acts 18:1-8; Psalm 98; John 16:16-20 To the ends of the earth In today's reading we see Paul finding it difficult to convince the Jews and Greeks in Corinth that the Messiah they were expecting was Jesus – the person who had been crucified and rose from the dead in Jerusalem. In frustration, we see […]

Wednesday 17 May

Acts 15:1-6; Psalm 122; John 15:1-8 Abide in my love What a useful extract from Acts for us to reflect on today! We see Paul and Barnabas travelling to join other disciples in Jerusalem to discuss matters of common concern. In 2015 Pope Francis gave us an example by calling representatives – both clergy and […]