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Tag Archive for ‘Jesus’

Saturday 2 July

Amos 9: 11-15, Psalm 85: 9ab, 10-14, Matthew 9, 14-17 
 Jesus brings joy 
 Emmanuel, God-with-us, is the Bridegroom. In this passage Jesus is telling us that his loving presence with us, his people, not only 2000 years ago but today, should be a motive for joy and celebration. Today, as in Gospel times, […]

Friday 1 July

Amos 8: 4-6, 9-12, Psalm 119: 2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131; Matthew 9: 9-13 Jesus and sinners Jesus regularly shocked the religious leaders of his time. Over and over again he befriends, consoles or works miracles, for people who have been judged and labelled as bad people. Matthew was one of these. What does […]

Friday 24 June

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Ezekiel 34:11-16; Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b–6; Romans 5:5-11; Luke 15:3-17 Pain born of love The wounded heart of Jesus is a powerful symbol of both pain and love. His love for his Father and for us led him inexorably to the cross. Jesus’ wounded heart teaches us, reminds us that […]

Friday 13 May

Acts 13:26-33; Psalm 2; John 14:1-6 Sticking with Jesus Jesus says he is going back to his Father. The Christian practice of going through Jesus to the Father does not make for an easy Catholic life. Often we must make hard choices daily to stay with Jesus as he moves towards his hardest choice, that […]

Friday 29 April

ST CATHERINE of SIENA (M) Acts 5:34-42; Psalm 27; John 6:1-15 Jesus uses our gifts On seeing the crowd approaching, Jesus immediately recognises they would be hungry. Phillip, rather practically, sees the cost! How did a small boy come to be carrying five loaves and two fish? Andrew notices him and Jesus subsequently makes the […]

Friday 15 April

GOOD FRIDAY Isaiah 52:13-53-12; Psalm 31, Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9, John 18:1-19-42 Jesus dies on the cross Today we watch the son of Mary and Joseph carry his cross to the hilltop, and be crucified. He, the hope of so many, is put to death on a cross. For us Christians, the cross is the enduring […]

Tuesday 12 April

Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 71; John 13:21-33, 36-38 Jesus foresees his betrayal by his friends. Jesus is “troubled in spirit” – deeply upset. Judas will betray him, and Peter will deny him. We know Peter, too, as the “Rock” on which was built our Church. His life in serving Jesus was so human, a determined follower […]

Monday 11 April

Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27; John 12:1-11 Jesus, the ultimate friend. Jesus is among friends, at the house of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Mary, in great love and gratitude, washes and anoints the feet of Jesus with very costly oil – used for embalming the dead. Jesus allows her to do so, and defends her act, […]

Saturday 9 April

Ezekiel 37:21-28; Canticle from Jeremiah 31:10-13; John 11:45-56 I will walk with the suffering Jesus. We are about to enter Holy Week. The prophet Ezekiel recalls God’s words for us: “I will bring my people together, I will make them one people, my people.” God’s intention is clear. Yet, the Gospel reminds us of the […]

Wednesday 6 April

Daniel 3:14-20, 24-25,28; Canticle from Daniel 3:52-56; John 8:31-42 Home with Jesus Home is the word we use for where we are comfortable, able to be ourselves with no pressures, where we are nourished, a place we share with our family and friends, and yes, now and then, strangers. Jesus uses the image of ‘home’ […]