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Thursday 21 June

St Aloysius Gonzaga Ecclesiasticus 48:1-14, Psalm 97, Matthew 6: 7-15 The addition We recite The Lord’s Prayer so often that we tend to rub the edges off the words. Being aware of this, we sometimes go back and pray the sentences we think important. Thy will be done. Give us our daily bread. Deliver us […]

Wednesday 20 June

2 Kings 2:1,6-14, Psalm 31, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18. Conspicuous piety Why is pride considered a serious sin? Surely there’s no harm in feeling pleasure in what we do. But that’s not what Jesus means. He’s talking about people who want to be seen as holy, people who are so full of the image they’ve made […]

Monday 18 June

1 Kings 21:1-16. Psalm 5, Matthew 5: 38-42 A new kind of justice Today’s gospel teaching would have got a reaction. Justice was measured out as reward or revenge according to the situation. Wasn’t Jesus getting the two mixed up? What was all this about inviting a second smack on the face? I think Jesus […]

Sunday 17 June

ELEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, Mark 4: 26-34 Jesus the Healer We usually associate the word ‘salvation’ with being rescued or redeemed; but the Latin ‘salve’ means also ‘to heal’. When we see Jesus as Healer, we become aware that this was the focus of his ministry. People […]

Saturday 16 June

1 Kings 19:19-21, Psalm 16, Matthew 5:33-37 Taking an oath For centuries it has been the custom to make a promise on something that is precious. Today the oath may be lightly made, or serious as in the courtroom swearing on the Bible. In Jesus’ time, however, this kind of swearing could be creative and […]

Friday 15 June

1 Kings 19:9, 11-16, Psalm 27, Matthew 5:27-32 Powerless people When a man was tired of his wife, he could simply write a note of divorce. If the discarded wife could not return to her parents, she had to find a way of supporting herself. Often the only option was prostitution. The gospels suggest that […]

Thursday 14 June

1 Kings 18: 41-46. Psalm 65, Matthew 5: 20-26 Important words Jesus is giving teachings about loving kindness, and yet his statements seem unusually harsh. Why? To understand this, we need to know something about the Aramaic way of giving emphasis to a message. Exaggeration has a specific function. The greater the exaggeration, the more […]

Wednesday 13 June

St Anthony of Padua 1 Kings 18:20-39, Psalm 16, Matthew 5:17-19 Fulfilment of the Law We have a clearer picture of this gospel reading if we see that it follows the Beatitudes. It’s in the Beatitudes that Jesus revealed the fulfilment of the rules and regulations that were so important to the scribes and Pharisees. […]

Tuesday 12 June

1 Kings 17: 7-16, Psalm 4, Matthew 5: 13-16 Inner light In Judaism, it is said that the soul is a spark of God, and it’s our task on this earth to fan that spark into a flame. These verses from Matthew tell us that Jesus, the great fire of God, said much the same […]

Sunday 10 June

TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Genesis 3:9-15, Psalm 129, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3, 20-35 The politics of fear In many of the gospel readings this last week we see Jesus criticised by fear-filled people. With two thousand years of hindsight, we have 20/20 vision. But how do we react today when someone offers spiritual […]