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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 […]


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 […]

Friday 11 May

Acts 18:9-18; Psalm 47; John 16:20-23 Hearts full of joy Even though we live in post-resurrection times and know that the war against Satan has been won, there are still times of “weeping and wailing”. In many countries of the world there is either active persecution or else contempt and derision of followers of Jesus. […]

Thursday 21 December

Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18; Psalm 33; Luke 1:39-45 A joyful greeting Two pregnant cousins, Mary and Elizabeth, greet each other in the Gospel today. Imagine the joy and excitement of such a meeting. Though both of them are with child through usual circumstances, they both rejoiced that God was with them and […]

Sunday 17 December

Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11; Luke 1:46-50, 53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 Gaudete Sunday Today is a day of rejoicing. Like Isaiah, we are full of joy at the coming of the Lord. No matter what the domestic arrangements of Christmas day will be like for us, we can all rejoice […]

Saturday 16 December

Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4, 9-11; Psalm 80; Matthew 17:10-13 Joy and sadness All those who witness to the truth will suffer. Those who speak for the truth in our own day also suffer. From the time of the prophets until now, to call people to repent and believe in the good news means persecution and even violence. […]