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Sunday 16 December

Third Sunday of Advent Zephaniah 3:14-18; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 What should we do? John the Baptist gives hand-on, down-to-earth advice to three groups – the crowds, the tax collectors and the soldiers – when they ask him, ‘What should we do?’ A central concern of Luke lies beneath this question: nothing so […]

Friday 14 December

Isaiah 48:17-19; Psalm 1:1-4, 6; Matthew 11:16-19 Discern God’s way In the Old Testament, ‘this generation’ sums up those who are faithless and perverse. The marketplace suggests the city and the centre of public life. Compared with John’s ascetic behaviour, Jesus seems normal, yet, he too is rejected by powerful elites. Matthew identifies Jesus as […]

Thursday 6 December

Isaiah 26:1-6; Psalm 117 (118):1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27; Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Foundation in God Jesus, the teacher, for most of his life, was a carpenter. Most likely, he worked as a day-labourer building houses in the variable climate of Galilee. The parable of the two builders ends the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) in […]

Saturday 24 November

St Andrew Dung-Lac Apocalypse 11:4-12; Ps 144: Luke 20:27-40 God of the living When it comes to death one really knows more about living than dying. So take heart in that reality because the very God of the living is the God who gives and sustains life beyond the grave. In the face of death […]

Friday 23 November

Apocalypse 10:8-11; Ps 119P; Luke 19:45-48 Praying or plotting? Do we place enough importance on our prayer life? Just taking the time to pray can be quite simple to do, but difficult to keep up. It becomes a question of how much energy we put into our prayer in comparison with the energies we use […]

Tuesday 20 November

Apocalypse 3:1-6, 14-22; Ps 15; Luke 19:1-10 Climb up Even with all he had, there was something that was driving Zacchaeus to encounter the Lord. The encounter became more than Zacchaeus expected and, as a result, his life was changed. For our own selves we pray for the drive, the energy to climb beyond the […]

Friday 16 November

2 John 4-9; Ps 119A; Luke 17:26-37 Be prepared Events in life can tear relationships asunder, e.g., death, illness, redundancy etc. These are reminders to us of how we should be prepared for the coming of the Lord. The suddenness of Jesus’ coming places a duty on the disciple to be prepared. The events in […]

Saturday 3 November

Philippians 1:18-26; Ps 42; Luke 14:1, 7-11 Knowing one’s place Knowing one’s place in the scheme of life has its advantages. It’s a question of not what one has, but rather how one is loved. Not for love’s sake, but rather being in love. Once loved, you don’t need to be ‘placed’; nor do you […]

Thursday 1 November

All Saints day Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24; John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 In gratitude It is with gratitude that we remember those who have gone before us, because in their lives they reflected the right attitudes of the Kingdom of God. These, our familiar yet unnamed, Saints are powerful intercessors for us. Under their care […]

The Afterlife

The limits of human knowledge On my computer I have images of galaxies in deep space captured by the Hubble telescope in its orbit around the earth. I’m stunned by their beauty and complexity. Even more than that I’m amazed that only 5% of our universe is accessible to us; according to astrophysicists about 95% […]