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See You Mate!

On a stunningly beautiful day I took the train to Waikanae. As we passed a millpond-calm sea, sparkling in the sun, a young man and a senior citizen struck up a conversation. It seems they did not know each other, but the older man remarked on the lovely day and the younger one replied by […]

Sunday 12 May

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 13:14,43-52; Psalm 100; Apocalypse 7:9, 14-17; John 10:27-30 The way For thousands of years humans have recognised an intelligence, a spirit, a power, greater than themselves. God has worn many names, even today. Io, Creator, Almighty God, my God. The gospel is very specific, “I know them, and they know […]

Sunday 4 November

Thirty First Week Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Ps 18; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34 Being close When we understand and experience the deep love God has for us then we are never too far from others. God’s deep abiding love, rather than pushing us away, draws us closer to others where our friendship and kindness can […]

Thursday 12 July

Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9; Psalm 80; Matthew 10:7-15 The loving kindness of God encloses me What a wonderful image of God is presented to us by the prophet Hosea. Despite the times Israel turned away to follow foreign gods, the loving kindness of God enclosed them. The image is of a parent teaching a child how […]

Thursday 14 June

1 Kings 18: 41-46. Psalm 65, Matthew 5: 20-26 Important words Jesus is giving teachings about loving kindness, and yet his statements seem unusually harsh. Why? To understand this, we need to know something about the Aramaic way of giving emphasis to a message. Exaggeration has a specific function. The greater the exaggeration, the more […]

Saturday 28 April

St Peter Chanel Acts 13:44-52; Ps 96; John 15:12-17 or Luke 6:27-38 or John 12:26 Love A ‘must’ reading about love from John. We have all experienced love in one way or another, often unconditional. Or simple acts of kindness within a family, between friends or team mates, from neighbours, work mates, etc. Martyrs like […]

Saturday 11 November

St Martin of Tours Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27; Psalm 145; Luke 16:9-15 Hello Welcoming someone to your home, or sending a friend your greetings, are simple things to do. Both are deeply human actions. In welcoming a visitor, we put ourselves out for that person, making them special. Saying ‘hello,’ by letter or email or […]

Sunday 29 October

30TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME Exodus 22:20-26; Psalm 18;1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10; Matthew 22:34-40 Kindness Jesus reminds us that our love for God and for one another is all that matters. A love that is expressed in our care and kindness. Unlike others, Jesus seems totally motivated for others in each moment of his life. The […]

Friday 27 October

Romans 7:18-25; Psalm 119H; Luke 12: 54-59 Reach deeply One of the prayers we are to treasure is our simple pause before eating as we pray grace. All is gift, including the food we can share. Sometimes we eat on the run and forget to pause and then fail to recall the giftedness of it […]

Sunday 19 June

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time Zechariah 12:10-11, 13:1; Ps. 63; Galatians 3:26-29; Luke 9:18-24 Love and the cross Zechariah prophesied that God will pour out his spirit of kindness and prayer, but then goes on to speak about one who is pierced, mourned as for the loss of an only child. Christ is the kindness […]