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Friday 19 October

Ephesians 1:11-14; Psalm 33; Luke 12:1-7 What is Life-Giving For Me? There is a wonderful ‘scene-setting’ in the first sentence of today’s Gospel: a huge crowd who are clearly excited and somewhat out of control because, we’re told, “they were treading on one another”. And they’re all there to listen to Jesus. Which rather raises […]

Sunday 14 October

28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 What Do I Value Most? We’re told in the Gospel that Jesus loved the rich man and wanted him to follow him – but that wasn’t enough. The rich man did not have the freedom to let go of his possessions and […]

Friday 12 October

Galatians 3:7-14; Psalm 111; Luke 11:15-26 Are We For or Against? Some people are never satisfied. When Jesus casts out a devil, some watching say that he has that power because of the Prince of Devils; others want him to provide a sign from heaven just to make sure he is genuine (which rather begs […]

Tuesday 9 October

Galatians 1:13-24; Psalm 139; Luke 10:38-42 Focussed in the Wrong Direction It’s hard not to feel sympathy for Martha – she’s flat out showing hospitality to Jesus while her sister, Mary, apparently does nothing to help but sits down and listens to Jesus. Sympathy aside, we can easily become Marthas in terms of our approach […]

Sunday 7 October

27th SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME Genesis 2:18-24, Psalm 128, Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 Forming Relationships There is a striking contrast between the Pharisees and the little children in today’s Gospel. The Pharisees were able to get close to Jesus – but they used that freedom to try and catch him out. The children were initially […]

Friday 5 October

Job 38:1,12-21,40:3-5; Psalm 139; Luke 10:13-16 Seeing the Bigger Picture The biblical equivalent of not being able to see the forest for the trees is, perhaps, not being able to see the message behind the miracles. Certainly, that appears to be true for the inhabitants of Chorazin and Capernuam. We too can get so tied […]

Thursday 4 October

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI Job 19:21-27; Psalm 27; Luke 10:1-12 What Do I Choose? St Francis was not a person to do things by halves. He was totally committed and, in the context of his times, visibly radical – not simply in rejecting his previous lifestyle but in positively choosing a closer following of Jesus. […]

Wednesday 3 October

Job 9:1-13,14-16; Psalm 88; Luke 9:57-62 Total Commitment Enthusiasm is desirable in a follower – commitment is essential. Today’s Gospel makes clear that being willing to follow Jesus involves more than a simple assertion of enthusiasm. Discipleship requires a willingness to put the things of God before all other obligations and desires. Because of this, […]

Friday 28 September

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; Psalm 144; Luke 9:18-22 Pondering and confessing Before confronting his disciples with serious decisions, Jesus used to pray in solitude. Jesus asks, “Who do you say I am?” Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ of God. Clearly, the disciples have grown. They find it possible to accept Jesus as Messiah. His words […]

Sunday 23 September

Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37 Seeing like Jesus The disciples cannot comprehend what Jesus is saying. Their thinking is set on human things. At the centre of their consciousness is the pursuit of status it seems. There is little room for others. The Christian welcomes […]