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Tag Archive for ‘Mary’

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 […]

Monday 26 March

Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14; John 12:1-11 Here is my servant whom I uphold Jesus retired to the home of his friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus in Bethany. At dinner, Mary anointed his feet with nard, an expensive fragrant ointment. Jesus defends Mary against Judas’ criticism: “Leave her alone; she had to keep this scent […]

Monday 19 March

ST JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – PATRON OF DUNEDIN DIOCESE 2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16; Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29; Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22; Matthew 1:16, 18, 21, 24 You must name him Jesus A spiritual image of St Joseph is glimpsed in the just man of Psalm 1. He delights in the […]

Tuesday 23 January

2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19; Psalm 24; Mark 3:31-35 Who are my mother and brothers? Jesus’ mother and brothers are outside waiting for him. Jesus does not exclude his mother and brothers, but adds to his family “those who do the will of God.” The good news is that we are part of Jesus’ new family. […]