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Tag Archive for ‘Mary’

Friday 31 May

THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Zephaniah 3:14-18; Canticle of Isaiah, 12:2-6; Luke 1:39-56 Our example What a celebration. Mary, recently chosen by God to bear the Messiah, thinks of her family. Her older cousin needs help. She sets off to Ain Karim, 90 miles away, where Elizabeth lived. This beloved story is part […]

Thursday 30 May

Acts 18:1-8; Psalm 98; John 16:16-20 Evangelising the world Jesus’ followers were puzzled by the many references to time away. “A little time”, and “going away”. He was preparing them for when he returned to heaven. Their real work would then begin. To evangelise the world. They had received three years of intense training from […]

Monday 22nd April

Easter Octave Acts 2:14, 22-33; Psalm 16; Matthew 28:8-15 Filled with awe We can starve ourselves from awe. When we do, we fall into believing that it is all up to us; our days then increase in heaviness and drudgery. Our schedules demand, and every crisis we hear about overwhelms us. At such times it […]

Tuesday 1 January

SOLEMNITY OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 66 (67):2-3, 5, 6 ,8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 New Year We begin our New Year honouring Mary, the Mother of God. We praise God for creating Mary and giving her her vocation. We thank Mary for her generous response to God. We ask Mary’s help […]

Sunday 30 December

The holy family 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; Psalm 83 (84):2-3, 5-6, 9-10; 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24; Luke 2:41-52 Mary’s song Mary’s reference to ‘generation after generation’ and the promise ‘made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his descendants’ includes the land. She walks on the land promised to her ancestors. Her pregnant body is sustained […]

Saturday 22 December

Samuel 1:24-28; (Responsorial): 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8; Luke 1:46-56 Mary’s whole person In Mary’s song of praise almost every line is patterned on Hannah’s canticle (1 Samuel 2:1-10). Mary’s opening words are translated usually as: ‘My soul (psychē) magnifies the Lord, and my spirit (pneuma) rejoices …’ The Greek psychē, like the Hebrew word it […]

Friday 21 December

Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18; Psalm 32 (33):2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Luke 1:39-45 In their bodiliness When she heard Mary’s greeting, the Spirit-filled Elizabeth offers the first of the many blessings in this gospel. She blesses Mary in her own person first, in her own right, and then after that blesses the fruit of […]

Thursday 20 December

Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 23 (24):1-6; Luke 1:26-38 Consent illumined her More often than not we are told of Mary’s seemingly meek obedience to the request of God made through the angel. Denise Levertov in her poem, ‘The Annunciation’ highlights her courage. Mary did not cry out ‘I can’t,’ or ‘I am not worthy,’ or ‘I […]

Tuesday 18 December

Jeremiah 23:5-8; Psalm 71 (72):1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Matthew 1:18-24 Emmanuel ‘God with us’ The name Emmanuel, ‘God with us,’ is given to Jesus during the crisis Joseph experienced when he discovered that Mary, to whom he was betrothed, was pregnant. Immediately before this (Matthew 1:1-17), a look at a sample of her child’s ancestors uncovers […]

A Christmas Story … Emmanuel — God-With-Us

In 1994 in Moscow two missionaries told the story of Christmas to a group of children in an orphanage. They had been abused and abandoned, and they had never before heard the story that we have just heard again in our readings. The children were entranced, some of them sitting on the edges of their […]