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Tag Archive for ‘life’

Monday 27 August

St Monica 2 Thess. 1:1-5, 11-12; Psalm 69; Matthew 23: 13-22 Oh oh hypocrite alert. One of the biggest challenges to our institutional church is the label of hypocrisy. Our history and present is littered with the occasions where we have professed something and done the opposite, wounding others, at times irrevocably. Hypocrisy prevents others […]

Sunday 26 August

Twenty First Week Ordinary Time Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69 To whom shall we go? The message of Christ is challenging and rattles our cages of security, fear and status. To live and love his way is difficult. The path of his life may lead to crosses, unpopularity, weakness and suffering. […]

Friday 17 August

Ezekiel 16: 1-15, 59-63, Canticle Isaiah 12:1-6; Matthew 19:3-12 The question about divorce I’ve been to many weddings. Love is palpable and alive. The promises the couple make are full of hope. Marriages are wonderful causes of celebration. The ceremony, photos and banquet are life-giving and beautiful. Then life changes. Dreams die. Relationships fracture and […]

Wednesday 15 August

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Patronal Feast for Aotearoa, New Zealand Apoc 11:19;12:1-6,10; Psalm 45B; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56 The call to set out Mary the young, pregnant unmarried woman. Mary the Visitor. Mary the life giver. Mary the lover. Mary the first disciple. Mary the faithful one. Mary the refugee. Mary the […]

Sunday 12 August

Nineteenth Week Ordinary Time 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34; Ephesians 4:30-5:2; John 6:41-51 Had enough? Jesus is the living bread who nourishes us for our journey. He is the one who can feed us when we have had enough of life and its weary challenges. He is the one who gives us himself so we […]

Saturday 11 August

Habakkuk 1:12-2:4; Psalm 9; Matthew 17:14-20 “You have little faith” The disciples had followed Jesus for a while. They knew him. They listened to him. They saw him as their leader, as the one who could save them and the world. He told them the purpose of his life was to show them how to […]

Wednesday 8 August

St Mary of the cross MacKillop Colossians 3:12-17; Pslam 32; Matthew 6:25-34 Don’t worry We are born. We walk our path of life. We die. We are spiritual beings on this human journey. The only life we can live is our own. Hear Jesus as he whispers to you: don’t worry – you are here […]

Tuesday 7 August

Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Psalm 102; Matthew 14:22-36 Life is difficult I love this gospel. The sea reminds me of life. One moment life is calm, sparkling, expansive and magnificent. The next moment – rough, scary, destructive and beyond control. Change can happen in the blink of an eye. The strong winds whip up the […]

Saturday 4 August

St John Vianney Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24; Psalm 69, Matthew 14:1-12 Loving kindness of three servants Suzanne Aubert is a saint. The Roman office responsible for canonisations will eventually confirm what we all know. Suzanne and John Vianney had a profound connection. He encouraged her dream of serving God when others didn’t. The spiritual bond between […]

Thursday 2 August

Jeremiah 18:1-6; Psalm 146; Matthew 13:47-53 A bit fishy I’ve always wondered about this parable. It seems such a waste – throwing those fish away because they are of no use. Then it paralleled to the end of life – the wicked and the upright are separated. I wonder how that is done – what […]