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Tag Archive for ‘life’

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 […]

Friday 7 September

1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Psalm 37; Luke 5:33-39 Offering truth Pope Francis has said that truth is like a precious stone: offer it in your hand, and it draws others to you; hurl it at someone, and it causes injury. Perhaps this can be seen in the images of the new cloth and the new wine. […]

Tuesday 4 September

1 Corinthians 2:10-16; Psalm 145; Luke 4:31-37 Know thyself In the first lines of the first reading, St Paul says that our depths can only be known by ourselves and not by others. However, there can be barriers to self-knowledge. The Holy Spirit can lead us not only to the truth about ourselves but also […]

Thursday 30 August

1Corinthians 1:1-9; Psalm 145; Matthew 24:42-51 The root determines the fruit As Christians we are called to be like Jesus. He is the root of our lives. We are called to be his witness, be him to every person we meet, in every situation we are in and to make our choices with a Jesus […]

Tuesday 28 August

St Augustine 2Thess. 2:1-3, 14-17; Psalm 96; Matthew 23:23-26 Learn every day We are imperfect pilgrims. Life and faith are long journeys. What we knew as certain truth as children, we discovered as false as adults. The map isn’t the journey. It is a guide that may get us there. Read today’s gospel and ask: […]