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Tag Archive for ‘joy’

Monday 23 December

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14; Luke 1:57-66 Yahweh is gracious He is to be called John. A name which means ‘God is gracious’. How can you be sure that God is gracious? It can be a baffling process. Faith takes time to come to birth. When God speaks to us in the […]

Saturday 21 December

Song of Songs 2:8-14; Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Luke 1:39-45 You, too, are a Christ-bearer There is something about some people — a quality that you can experience, but cannot put into words. “For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy”. We all carry the Christ within […]

Monday 23 September

SAINT PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA (M) Ezra 1:1-6; Psalm 126; Luke 8:16-18 Let your light shine There are two images in today’s readings: Ezra and Psalm 126 describe the joy of homecoming and Jesus urges us not to be afraid to let the light of our faith and love be visible and active. Faith is […]

Saturday 6 July

Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29; Psalm 135; Matthew 9:14-17 A new way The disciples of John were known to live an ascetic life of penance. They generously went the extra mile in seeking to follow God’s will. That is why they are surprised that the disciples of Jesus do not fast. Once again Jesus reveals a different […]

Monday 24 June

THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Psalm 139; Luke 1:57-66,80 His name is John The arrival of their son, John, into the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah was an extraordinary event of great joy. His parents were elderly and had been childless. His father’s speech was restored after he had […]

Saturday 25 May

Acts 16: 1-10; Psalm 100; John 15: 18-21 Ridicule At times people will be scornful of our beliefs. They may seem to persecute us, when they indicate we are so old-fashioned; that we have out-of-date ideas about truth and morals. But they could be resentful because our lives and morals are a rebuke to their […]

Friday 24 May

Mary, Help of Christians Acts 15:22-31; Psalm 57; John 15:12-17 Ave Maria “You are my friends, not servants”. There is great joy and love in friendship. Today we call on Mary, help of Christians. She has a a place in our hearts. We too, are in her heart. We are her Son's great friends. She […]

Out of Darkness … into Light

Out of darkness God has called us, Claimed by Christ as God’s own people. Holy nation, royal priesthood, Walking in God’s marvellous light. — Refrain from the hymn Out of Darkness by Christopher Walker The images on the cover and on page 2 of this issue of the Messenger are evocative of the account of […]

Tuesday 5 March

Ecclesiasticus 35:1-12; Psalm 50; Mark 10:28-31. Our reward Today’s Gospel follows on from yesterdays and the disciples are reminding Jesus they have given up everything to follow him. He says they will be rewarded. We too will be rewarded, both in the consolations and joys of living our faith on earth, and in the joy […]

Monday 7 January

1 John 3:22-4:6; Psalm 2:7-8, 10-11; Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25 Love To love one another is a daily challenge. Sometimes people seem to be so difficult to love. Sometimes love is the very last thing that appeals to us. But God’s love is constant, persevering and generous and when we love as God loves there is […]