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Tag Archive for ‘Jesus’

Tuesday 3 December

St Francis Xavier (M) Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Luke 10:21-24 The temptation to be spectacular Pope Francis says a Christian is a missionary who, urged forward by the Holy Spirit, lives his or her Baptism as yeast in society, spreading the message of Jesus. Yeast works unspectacularly. The transformation it achieves is […]

Monday 2 December

Isaiah 4:2-6; Psalm 122:1-2, 4-5, 6-9; Matthew 8:5-11 A haughty spirit The centurion said he was not worthy. His humility opened the door for Jesus to come in. God’s love is always freely given. People who go to church can sometimes be tempted to think of themselves as more worthy than those who don’t. And […]

Saturday 30 November

St Andrew, Apostle [F] Romans 10:9-18; Psalm 19:2-5; Matthew 4:18-22 The call to discipleship Jesus’ invitation was simple and direct. Andrew and his companions had no time to prepare, yet they immediately accepted. They accompanied Jesus not knowing what the future held for them. Were they too impulsive? Should they have hesitated and thought about […]

Friday 29 November

Daniel 7:2-14; Canticle of Daniel 3:2-5; Luke 21:29-33 Remain faithful and true As our liturgical year draws to a close, the Church places before us Scripture passages about the end of time and the coming of the Lord. The Church is not asking us to become involved in speculation about when or how time will […]

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 […]

Monday 25 November

Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20; Canticle of Daniel 3: 1-4 or Daniel 3:52-56; Luke 21:1-4 Giving all! The contrast between the rich devotees and the poor widow is striking! It is so easy to give a little from substantial wealth accumulated and saved over time. But the widow offers an amount that is a real sacrifice, truly […]

Saturday 23 November

1 Maccabees 6:1-13; Psalm 9; Luke 20:27-40 Questioning the Lord There is nothing wrong with questioning the Lord. Mary did it at the Annunciation. The Apostles frequently questioned Jesus. It is the attitude with which we question that is important. The Sadducees no longer dared to question the Lord because their pride had led them […]

Tuesday 19 November

2 Maccabees 6:18-31; Psalm 3; Luke 19:1-10 Fools for Christ Climbing a tree? It’s something that children do but not adults! We would look clumsy and foolish. It’s beneath us! Yet Zacchaeus did not hesitate. Whatever it took to attract the attention of Jesus he was prepared to do. And for his efforts he was […]

Monday 18 November

1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64; Psalm 119P; Luke 18:35-43 Speak up in faith Once the blind man knew that it was Jesus passing by he did not hesitate. He made clear his faith in this miracle-worker. Despite the embarrassment of the crowd at what they thought was his inappropriate behaviour, he boldly persisted. He […]

Friday 15 November

Wisdom 13:1-9; Psalm 19; Luke 17:26-37 A place in time We naturally think of ourselves as New Zealanders living in the 21st century. Such is our place, our time. Yet the Kingdom that Jesus invites us to enter is not about a place in time. His kingdom is about conversion of heart, about commitment and […]