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Francis Speaks

The Holy Family of Nazareth The term ‘holy’ inserts this family into the realm of holiness, which is a gift of God but, at the same time, is free and responsible adherence to God’s plan. It was so for the family of Nazareth, which was totally open to the will of God. How can we […]

Friday 27 December

St John the Apostle and Evangelist (F) 1 John 1:1-4; Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12; John 20:2-8 God’s friend If we were to put it in everyday language, we could say John and Jesus were best mates. John was the only one of the apostles that really ‘got it’ about Jesus. They had confidential chats. John […]

Wednesday 25 December

Christmas Day (S) Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-5, 9-14 We saw his glory The true light that enlightens all women and men has come into the world. So brilliant, the darkness cannot overcome it. We have seen his glory. Or have we? A strange and mystifying splendour it is — a helpless […]

Tuesday 24 December

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29; Luke 1:67-79 God remembers his covenant Many people feel that we are sitting in darkness and the shadow of death. There is so much commotion in our world and our church. Fear not. God does remember his holy covenant. He remembers the oath he swore […]

Monday 16 December

Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17; Psalm 25:4-6, 7a-9; Matthew 21:23-27 The authority of truth John did not get his authority from “those in authority”. Integrity and truth are his authority. And the same is true for Jesus. Gerald Massey says that those who have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority, must find it difficult. […]

Friday 13 December

St Lucy (M) Isaiah 48:17-19; Psalm 1:1-4, 6; Matthew 11:16-19 Love now, not later “But wisdom is justified by her children” means much the same as “by their fruits, you will know them”. John was clearly more austere than Jesus, but he wasn’t holier than him. There is a time to weep and a time […]

Wednesday 11 December

Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10; Matthew 11:28-30 Eagle’s wings Are you feeling overburdened? It’s time to think about where the load on your back came from. It cannot be from Jesus. His burden is light and his yoke doesn’t hinder you. Another possibility: Jesus did give it to you, but you endure it resentfully […]

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 […]