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Tag Archive for ‘life’

Monday 15 October

ST TERESA OF avila Galatians 4:22-24,26-27,31-5:1; Psalm 113; Luke 11:29-32 Hearing and Responding The story of the life of St Teresa of Avila is that of a woman who entered the Carmelites and, over the course of years, came to understand through prayer and reflection that God was calling her to an ever-closer relationship and […]

A School for Prayer (15) – Lectio Divina

Subiaco – St Benedict Chartreuse – Guigo the Carthusian By Fr Craig Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 FROM EAST TO WEST John Cassian Our study of the experience of prayer has kept us in the Eastern part of the Christian world: the Desert regions of Egypt, Palestine, Sinai and Syria. There were hermits living in […]

Thursday 27 September

St Vincent de Paul Ecclesiastes 1:2-11; Psalm 90; Luke 9:7-9 Who is this Jesus? Incredible achievements in word and action beg such a question. The answers unfold for us in scripture. Jesus is the Messiah of God, the Son of Man, and My Son, My Chosen. Speculation by some that Jesus was the long-deceased prophet […]

Tuesday 25 September

Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13; Psalm 119A; Luke 8:19-21 Walking the best path It is a source of joy that those who listen to the preaching of Jesus, and live accordingly, enter into a real relationship with him. As such, they belong to the family of God. The Book of Proverbs teaches a practical morality. Reflecting on […]

Saturday 22 September

1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49; Psalm 56; Luke 8:4-15 Striving to do good Sloth, or laziness of mind, happens when a person is not disciplined, especially with their eyes, with their ears, their taste and their touch. When this happens, a person loses interest in the spiritual life. The higher part of their being, the intellect, […]

Friday 21 September

St Matthew Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Psalm 19A; Matthew 9:9-13 Rapid response Matthew’s call by Jesus to discipleship reassures us. Jesus calls people from many different walks of life. Matthew, a tax collector, like a number of groups in the society of the time, was marginalised. Jesus reached out to include them in the Kingdom. Jesus […]

Wednesday 19 September

1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Psalm 33; Luke 7:31-35 Obstinacy, obstacle in the spiritual life Jesus ponders aloud the people of his time. In his pondering he provides the image of a group of children playing in the market place of a town. Some wanted to play a wedding, while others were determined to play a funeral. […]

Tuesday 11 September

1 Corinthians 6:1-11; Psalm 149; Luke 6:12-19 Delighting in truth Picture a child’s face lighting up on being given an ice cream. The child’s reaction is a bit of a window into how God delights in his people. “The Lord takes delight in his people.” Unfortunately, there are times when we do not delight in […]

Monday 10 September

1 Corinthians 5:1-8; Psalm 5; Luke 6:6-11 Freedom in Christ Paul is telling the proud people of Corinth to be unleavened bread; not puffed up with pride but dependent on Christ. Jesus shows that he is Master of the Sabbath by curing a person on the Sabbath, in a synagogue. He is talking Messiah talk, […]

Saturday 8 September

Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5:1-4; Psalm 13; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 Saying yes to God Mary’s whole life is a perfect example of an Israelite who hears the word of God and responds to that word. We heard that dramatically in our Gospel. To be able to say “yes”, she must […]