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Tag Archive for ‘joy’

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 They may seem to persecute us, when they indicate we are so old-fashioned; that we have out-of-date ideas about truth and morals.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 […]

Tuesday 4 December

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 71 (72):1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Luke 10:21-24 Experiencing Jesus praying We are taken right into the experience of Jesus praying and rejoicing in the Holy Spirit. We glimpse his unique relationship with God. Jesus saw the joy of the seventy returning disciples (10:17) and thanks God for revealing to ‘infants’ what is […]

September

Chris Skinner’s music goes digital All Fr Chris Skinner’s music is now available digitally. All 20 albums have been digitally remastered and along with the playlist categories of songs have been uploaded, to his website www.chrisskinner.org.nz Albums range in price from $10.99 – $19.99 and are available for purchase on the website. Individual songs can […]

Saturday 12 May

Acts 18:23-28; Psalm 47; John 16:23-28 Ask in my name In these few gospel verses Jesus three times repeats “ask in my name”. This makes it very clear that this is how we should pray to the Father, who will grant what we ask in the name of Jesus, so that our “joy will be […]