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Tag Archive for ‘Jesus’

Thursday 21 February

Genesis 9:1-13; Psalm 102; Mark 8:27-33 Seeing with God’s eyes Within a few verses of St Mark’s Gospel Peter went from hero to zero, as the saying goes. He was right in his courageous declaration of Jesus as the Christ; he was so wrong in his discouraging Jesus from following the path that he had […]

Saturday 16 February

Genesis 3:9-24; Psalm 90; Mark 8:1-10 Our refuge Our first parents must have been desolate. They had had it so good, leading a charmed existence. Now they were condemned to lives of pain, sadness and suffering, after which they would ‘return to the dust from which they came’. Yet God was still their refuge, as […]

Saturday 9 February

Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21; Psalm 23; Mark 6:30-34 Doing good works The crowds, who guessed where Jesus was heading and got there before him, were enchanted by him. Instinctively, they knew that he loved them. They had never experienced anything like that from their religious leaders and teachers. He was truly their shepherd, and we can […]

Thursday 7 February

ST PAUL MIKI & COMPANIONS, MARTYRS Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24; Psalm 48; Mark 6:7-13 Pondering God’s love The disciples that Jesus sent out preached ‘repentance; and they cast out many devils’, and cured many who were ill. Their ministry made God’s love for God’s people evident, made that love real and concrete and practical. They took […]

Tuesday 5 February

ST AGATHA, MARTYR Hebrews 12:1-4; Psalm 22; Mark 5:21-43 Faith saves Jesus ‘leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection’. Living in faith takes courage. The synagogue official, Jairus, showed the courage of faith, while many of those who held official positions rejected Jesus. The woman with the haemorrhage exhibited courage when she […]

Saturday 2 February

The Presentation of the Lord Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40 or Luke 2:22-32 It is the Lord! Simeon and Anna, open to and guided by the Holy Spirit, recognised the baby Jesus as their Lord, and as a ‘light to enlighten’ the world. This child was the one who would ‘suddenly enter […]

Tuesday 29 January

Hebrews 10:1-10; Psalms 39 (40):2, 4, 7-8, 10, 11; Mark 3:31-35 Family My brother and sister and mother. When we have faith in Jesus and follow him and do the will of the Father, there is a bond between us and Jesus. Such a bond is so close and intimate that family take second place. […]

Monday 28 January

ST THOMAS AQUINAS Hebrews 9:15, 24-28; Psalm 97 (98):1-6; Mark 3:22-30 Being misunderstood Being misunderstood seems to be part of the human condition. Jesus was certainly misunderstood by his relatives and the scribes. How do we handle being misunderstood even in a hostile way? Jesus calmly renews his commitment and carries on. The Father will […]

Sunday 27 January

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10; Psalm 18 (19) 8-10, 15; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 Freedom Today’s Gospel has Jesus beginning his ministry. He is full of the Spirit. The Spirit leads him to teach, enlighten, heal and free people. This is happening among us now. We can hear the word […]

Wednesday 23 January

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17; Psalm 109 (110):1-4; Mark 3:1-6 Healing A withered hand. The Lord intervenes. The hand is restored. He was grieved at their hardness of heart. Perhaps it is time to renew our faith in the compassion of Jesus. We can let his compassion touch whatever in us is withered or dry or useless. […]