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Tag Archive for ‘Mary’

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 […]

No Room at the Inn

The children were talking in class about the birth of Jesus. What did the angels look like? How many animals were in the stable? The only negative character in the story was the landlord of the inn. “He was mean!” a boy said. Really? I wondered why the world’s most beautiful story had to have […]

Mary’s Month

I have never been convinced by the claim of northern hemisphere Catholics that “May is Mary’s Month.” I have never been convinced by explanations that try to attach Christian meanings to non-Christian customs and festivals.  I prefer to follow the liturgical year and the church calendar that have been set out for us in the […]

Wednesday 22 August

Queenship of Mary Ezekiel 34:1-11; Psalm 23; Matthew 20:1-16 A generous wage A just and living wage is important. The workers in the Vineyard were all paid exactly the same – no matter how long they worked. What an outrage! Or was it? The Owners response was: “Are you jealous because I am generous?” Do […]

Learning from Mary

“Teach us Holy Mary, a loving song to sing…” Mary! Here portrayed as my sister, my neighbour, my Model, my Prompt, wearing so well the creaturehood we share with you. Mary, head lowered, quick to recognise the holy one before you, approaching you, in our midst. Mary with the face of a mere teen, yet […]

Thursday 26 July

Sts Joachim & Ann, Parents of Mary Ecclesiasticus 44:1,10-15; Psalm 132; Matthew 13:16-17 While we have only legend to tell us that persons called Joachim and Ann were the parents of Mary, we can be sure that the parents of Mary, whatever their names, raised her lovingly and as a faithful Jewish maiden. As grandparents […]

Sunday 8 July

FOURTEENTH WEEK ORDINARY TIME SEA SUNDAY Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6 What do you want of me Jesus? When Jesus returned to his home town and preached in the synagogue the locals, recognising him as a local lad, Mary's son, had difficulty accepting him. Who did he think he was? Are […]

Saturday 9 June

Immaculate Heart of Mary Isaiah 61:9-11, Canticle 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Luke 2:41-51 Distraught parents Only Luke gives us a glimpse of Jesus as a boy, and it’s a very human story. At 12, Jesus is close to being recognized as an adult and no doubt he has a lot to discuss with the teachers in […]

A Mother’s View Of Our Lady

When we are troubled, and pray for help, Mary has been there before us. She understands how we are feeling, and can ask God to strengthen and help us. She lived through so many crises in her life. She was a young girl, pregnant to an unknown (to others) person. As such, she was likely […]