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Tag Archive for ‘Mary’

Sunday 1 January

Mary, Mother of God Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3,5,6-8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2: 16-21 New beginnings Today is a new day and a new year; yesterday is in the past. Today we can begin afresh. Mary ushered in a new age of peace and joy when she gave birth to her son, Jesus, our light and […]

Thursday 22nd December

1 Sam 1:24-28; Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1,4-8; Luke 1:46-56 The Magnificat of Mary Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian, once called the ‘Magnificat’ “the most passionate, the wildest, one might even say the most revolutionary hymn ever sung.” Perhaps we can see a dream that Mary has. As a woman being able to invite ‘princes’ – […]

Monday 21 November

Presentation of Mary. Apocalypse 14:1-5; Ps 24:1-6; Luke 21:1-4. Generous giving. The psalm response today is “This is the people that longs to see your face”. Was this the poor widow’s prayer as she gave her all? Are you often inspired by the generosity of people who appear to have little and yet are prepared […]

Saturday 8 October

Galatians 3:22-29; Psalm 105:2-7; Luke 11:27-28 Mary By good fortune, the sequence of the Gospel concerns Mary on her day, Saturday. An anonymous woman in the crowd, clearly delighted by Jesus’ teaching, compliments both him and his mother at the same time, “Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!” Without taking […]

Tuesday 4 October

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI Galatians 1:13-24; Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15; Luke 10:38-42 Mary and Martha “Yet few things are needed, indeed only one.” What might this “one thing” be? That thing above all others? It can only be our Lord himself. And at this moment as he speaks and teaches, Mary chooses him. She attends to […]

Monday 22 August

The Queenship of Mary 2 Thessalonians 1: -5,11-12; Psalm 96: 1-5; Matthew 23: 13-22 Worthy of his calling Mary fulfilled her calling with great faith and love. Thanks to her we have the story of salvation as God planned it. Now she shares in the glory of her Son and in his prayer to the […]

Becoming Holy

These August days we are surrounded by images of real holiness. We will celebrate this month, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, our first canonised Australian Saint. We also celebrate the Assumption of Mary into heaven. In between these two we celebrate other notable Saints in our weekday liturgies such as St Lawrence, a Roman […]

Mary at the Heart of the Church

During the month of June, the Church celebrates three important feast days on successive Sundays. They are the Feasts of the Body and Blood of Christ, of the Holy Trinity and of Pentecost. They’re all important to the Church; the People of God.  The fifty days of Easter Time draw to a close with the […]

Mary, first and perfect disciple

For several years I was the parish priest of La Santisima Trinidad, the principal parish of the town of Sullana, in Northern Peru. The central church could seat around 650 people. Hundreds more would attend each of the 8 or 9 Saturday vigils or Sunday Masses. The church had 10 or so different statues of […]

Saturday 1 January 2022

Mary, Mother of God (S) Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 The first to hear Shepherds were the first to hear of Jesus’ birth. They were afraid. They were at the bottom of the social scale. After reflecting, they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph. Imagine their relief to find the […]