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Tag Archive for ‘Jesus’

Thursday 20 January

1 Samuel 18:6-9, 19:1-7; Psalm 56:2-3, 9-14; Mark 3:7-12 Coming to Jesus Up until now Mark has only recorded opposition to Jesus’ healings. Jesus withdraws to pray and be with his disciples. His popularity among ordinary people skyrockets. The new family of God are gathering from Jewish regions in Judea and Jerusalem and from foreign […]

Saturday 15 January

1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1; Psalm 21:2-7; Mark 2:13-17 Disciples called by Jesus Tax collectors were hated. They took money from the Jewish people for the benefit of the Roman Empire. Levi was in the midst of his daily work at his tax booth when Jesus passes by and changes his life forever by saying: […]

Saturday 8 January

1 John 5:14-21; Psalm 149:1-6, 9; John 3:22-30 Relationship with Jesus John is primarily a witness to Jesus. When he hears that his disciples and a Jew are confused about himself and Jesus, John explains with five affirmations. One can only receive what God has given. He was not the Messiah, not the bridegroom but […]

The Family Tree of Jesus

Unlike the Gospels of Mark and John, Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels bring long family trees into their accounts of Jesus’ life. They include genealogies that indicate Our Lord’s origins and locate him in salvation history. We tend to use the short form of the Gospel reading when the lineages turn up in the lectionary or […]

How to be a ‘Good Enough’ Family

Beware of family photos which are proudly presented on social media and on Christmas cards, because they simply do not reflect the true state of anyone’s family. Publicly displayed, we are shown the ideal of happy, smiling, connected families, but seldom paraded are family issues such as battles over curfews, fights about money, arguments over […]

Thursday 28 October

Sts Simon and Jude, Apostles (F) Ephesians 2:19-22; Psalm 19:1-6; Luke 6:12-16 No longer strangers The apostles were individually called from obscurity into a personal friendship with Jesus and into a community with one another. It was not an immediate transformation. Their jealousy got in the way, as did their stubbornness and their selfishness. How […]

Saturday 9 October

Joel 4: 12-21; Psalm 97; Luke 11:27-28 The valley of decision The prophet Joel presents God’s wrath but also shows God to be a shelter and a stronghold. The choice is ours. Jesus sharpens the focus: everything we need is in the word of God, and Jesus is that word, made flesh. O Lord, attune […]

Wednesday 8 September

Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (F) Micah 5:1-4 or Romans 8:28-30; Psalm 13; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 No Mary, no Jesus Mary inspires us and challenges us to live an authentic Christ centred, love poured out life. Her strong, gentle yes to what God and life offered her, changed our world. Mary is a fantastic […]

Letting Jesus In

It’s a truism that Jesus needs to be at the centre of our lives as people of faith. No-one really disagrees with this assertion. However, it’s another matter making it real. In a complex, sophisticated society, we have many other matters that absorb our attention and energy. At the moment, uncertainty about the Covid-19 pandemic […]

Saturday 7 August

Deuteronomy 6:4-13; Psalm 18; Matthew 17:14-20. The disciples came to Jesus We are to pray as ourselves. Our gathering for Mass each Sunday is so important it really shapes our week, our prayers with one another and our family prayers are all part and parcel of our life of faith. Yet, all of this praying […]